Cavalry battle from Lycia

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sean_m
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Cavalry battle from Lycia

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Pothosians will know the beautiful painted tombs from Macedonia around Alexander's time. As usual, the Persians got there first. There is one colour photo of the battle scene from the Karaburun II tumulus in Lycia at https://www.cabinet.ox.ac.uk/karaburun- ... media=5985

IIRC this was not fully published before it was stolen, and the preliminary reports in the 1970s just had a few B&W photos.
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Re: Cavalry battle from Lycia

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Fascinating, thanks. It might be Persian but it recognisably shares the same world as Greek art of the period.
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Re: Cavalry battle from Lycia

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You are welcome! A chapter in Lâtife Summerer and Alexander von Kienlin's book The return of colours (2010) talks about possible connections between these painted tombs and the painted tombs in Tuscany in the same period. Refugees from Phocaea sailed west to Italy.
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