The Battle of Issos

The Battle of Issos

Date ca. 100 BCE

Movement Greek | Hellenistic

Medium Marble

Dimensions 8’11” x 16.5”

Housed at Museo Archaeologico Nazionale, Naples


This mosaic may have copied the original of Philoxenos of Eretria or a female painter named Helen of Alexandria. Scholars place this work in the fourth century, most notably due to: its four-color scheme of yellow, red, black and white; its frantic and crowded scenery; its foreshortened forms; its lack of vegetation in the landscape.