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Alexander the Great and the Vergina Sun Unisex Short Sleeve T-shirt
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Alexander III. of Macedon, commonly known as Alexander the Great, was arguably the most successful military leader of classical antiquity. Shortly after inheriting the Macedonian throne, after the assassination of his father Philip II., he invaded the Achaemenid Empire (Persia) and conquered it completely in an unbelievably short time. Alexander was a military genius, who repeatedly defeated much larger enemy forces.
The sun symbol is known under many names - Vergina Sun, Vergina Star, Macedonian Sun/Star, Argead Star etc. It was found on a golden larnax (coffin) in a tomb in Macedonian Vergina, identified with the ancient city of Aegae. A golden larnax with the sun symbol with 16 rays contained the remains of a nobleman, very likely Philip II., Alexander's father, himself. Another larnax with a similar symbol with 12 rays stored the ashes of Philip's wife. Some historians, therefore, believe this was a royal emblem of the Argead dynasty to which Philip and Alexander belonged.
Even today the Vergina star is often used as an emblem of the Greek region of Macedonia and one can spot it in Thessaloniki. In the '90s, the Republic of Macedonia (later known as "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", or "North Macedonia") started to use the symbol too. The Greeks, considering the heritage of Alexander completely Greek, were of course not happy and intensively objected. Their northern neighbour eventually changed the flag and used a different sun symbol.
The image comes from Pietro da Cortona's painting "The Battle between Alexander and Darius"
- Unisex T-shirt
- Light fabric (4.2 oz/yd² (142 g/m²))
- 100% Soft cotton (Heather colours 52% Cotton, 48% Polyester)
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