Alexander the Great Necklace
This unique pendant is handmade in Greece and represents an ancient Greek coin of the Macedonian Kingdom of Alexander III the Great – King of Macedonia minted between 336-323BC. It features the head of Alexander the Great as Hercules, wearing a lion-skin headdress. On the reverse side is the Greek goddess Athena seated on her throne holding Nike the goddess of victory.
Pendant: Width: 11/16” = 18mm x 4mm thick. Total Length: 1 1/8” or 28mm
Gold vermeil spiga style chain is .925 sterling silver plated with 24K gold.
Alexander the Great:
Alexander The Great was king of Macedonia from 336 BC to his death in 323 BC. Considered one of greatest generals in history, he conquered the Persian empire and most of the known civilized world, extending as far east as India and south into Egypt. A pupil of Aristotle, Alexander learned the Greek ways of life and the ideals of Greek civilization and spread Greek culture and influence throughout his empire. The very popular Ancient Greek coin depicting the head of Herakles on one side and the Greek goddess Athena enthroned on the other, circulated during his reign and continued to be struck well after his death in 323 BC.
The Greek Goddess Athena:
Athena was Zeus' favourite daughter. She was beautiful, brave and very wise. She was highly esteemed by the Greeks for she personified the most important ideals of the ancient Greek spirit, prudence and bravery. She was the goddess of wisdom, protector of cities who ensured a peaceful life for its citizens. She was also the the goddess of war and power, the one who would greatly contribute to final victories in the battlefield. She is often represented as triumphant with a small figure of Nike (Victory) in hand.
Handmade in Athens, Greece by Rosana