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Alexander the Great: cross-dressing conqueror of the world?

Tony Spawforth, Professor of Ancient History, Newcastle University

Date/Time: 16th April 2013

In a surviving fragment of Ephippus’ ‘lost’ pamphlet, this contemporary of Alexander the Great alleges that the King liked to cross-dress as Artemis, the Greek archer-goddess of the hunt. Illustrated by evidence from the British Museum’s collections, Tony Spawforth examined this claim, drawing fascinating conclusions about Alexander’s kingship at the end of his reign and the ‘controlled misreading’ of his use of imagery by hostile contemporaries.