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This was a rendition of the 1st century BC 'Alexander Mosaic' discovered at Pompeii, commemorating Alexander's victory over the Persians at the Battle of Gaugamela near Erbil. The mosaic and the whole wall behind it was all destroyed around the end of 2017.
This mosaic was right next to the citadel and represented the Alexander Mosaic commemorating the battle where the Persians were defeated by the Greeks. Okay maybe it was not remarkably detailed, but i
Accompanying the mosaic are bronze statues and fountains, giving the opportunity to reflect on the history of the area: Alexander, Gengis Khan, and many other invaders have crossed this land.
This mosaic was right next to the citadel and represented the Alexander Mosaic commemorating the battle where the Persians were defeated by the Greeks. Okay maybe it was not remarkably detailed, but it was great and I was sad to see the mosaic come down in a demolition of the structure. I remember figuring out what it was I think from Kirsten, my guest who stayed some time: if memory serves me right, she noted this-and-that and the Alexander Mosaic, and when I searched it then lo and behold she was right. The popular belief had been that it represented the failed siege by Genghis Khan, but her knowledge of art history could put that urban legend to rest. Now the mosaic is another chapter in Erbil's story of renewal, decay, and erasure of public art. Appreciate things while they are still there.