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Alexander Sarcophagus vs Persians
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View of the side of the sarcophagus that depicts Abdalonymos, the person buried in the sarcophagus, fighting the Persians along with Alexander the Great!  Alexander is the figure on the far left and Abdalonymos is in the center—both on horseback.

The shape of the sarcophagus seems to be representing a temple.  Note the roof tiles, the "downspouts," and the intricate carved detail!

This sarcophagus was found at Sidon (just north of Israel) in 1887.  It dates to the last quarter of the 4th century B.C.—the time when Alexander fought the Persians at the Battle of Issus in 333 B.C.  Abdalonymos was the King of Sidon at the time.  It was originally painted, and some of the pigments still remain!