Portrait of Pyrrhus of Epirus or not?
- I've been looking at the (supposed) portraiture of Pyrrhus of Epirus
lately, and I'm in a quandary as to whether I believe it is
There is a portrait in the NCG that is supposedly of the Epirote king
(I have posted it in the PHOTOS section under ?Pyrrhus), and a
portrait of Alexander the Great in the Dresden Museum (also in the
?Pyrrhus folder in the PHOTOS section) that have a rather strong
Of course, Pyrrhus was related to Alexander, but it was a somewhat
distant relationship, both on Pyrrhus' paternal side - first cousins
once removed (Pyrrhus' father's mother [Troas] was Alexander's
mother's [Olympias] sister) and second cousins (Pyrrhus' father's
father was the uncle of Olympias and so great-uncle of Alexander).
Now if you go to the PHOTOS section, you'll notice that the two
figures have quite a strong resemblance to one another.
The thing I can't work out is if they would have had such a strong
resemblance to one another...?
I have also included in the PHOTOS section, pictures of other somewhat
oddly related ancient people - Caligula and Drusus Minor
(half-first-cousins through their mothers and first cousins once
removed through their fathers) or even Nero and Drusus Minor
(half-first cousins once removed as well as first cousins twice removed).
Alternatively, it may be that the statues were made by the same person
and they just look very similar in style. Of course, that would
probably mean that the statue of Pyrrhus was carved to resemble the
statue of Alexander, which would mean that that particular statue type
of Alexander existed when it may have been important for Pyrrhus to
Is there a possibility that the so-called Pyrrhus statue is not Pyrrhus?
If so, who else might it be?
A list of male relatives of Alexander:
* Philip II (father)
* Philip III Arrhidaeus (half-brother)
* Heracles (son)
* Alexander IV (son)
* Alexander the Molossian (uncle)
* Neoptolemus (cousin & nephew)
* Philip IV (half-nephew)
* Antipater II (half-nephew)
* Alexander V (half-nephew)
* Amyntas IV (cousin)