The recent opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi has been widely advertised in the media and although this is far from the usual tourist destination it certainly seems to be worth the visit.
It is clear that the name “Louvre” is a temporary publicity for which
paid $1.15 billion and their agreement will run for the next thirty years.
During the first ten years of its life, the Louvre Abu Dhabi
will receive artwork on loan from four Parisian museums, the Louvre, the Musée
Quai d’Orsay, the Bibliothèque Nationale and the Centre Pompidou. This should
allow them to constitute their own collection in the meantime. Abu Dhabi
Among the six hundred or so artifacts on display (half of them coming from
), I was pleasantly surprised
to find a statue of Alexander the Great.
It is the bust of Alexander Inopos
from around 100 BC recovered from France Delos.
However, some scholars disagree and believe it to represent Mithradates VI who was a great admirer
of Alexander and tried to emulate
I like to see this statue as a homecoming of Alexander in the
Persian Gulf. So far, there is no
knowledge that he himself ever went as far as the Strait of Hormuz near today’s
but his admiral Nearchus certainly
passed that narrow when he brought his fleet from the Indus
River to . As far as we know, Alexander himself sailed from the gulf
up the Babylon all the way to Opis
Conquests of Alexander the Great by Waldemar Heckel). Tigris River
Alexander’s presence in the Gulf area is generally overlooked. We know, for instance that he founded the city of Alexandria-on-the-Tigris, also called Antiochia-in-Susiana or Charax Spasinou-on-the-Tigris at the spot where the river emptied in the Persian Gulf some 2,500 years ago (see: Excavations at Alexandria-on-the-Tigris). There are traces of Alexander’s presence at Failaka, an island off the coast of modern
Outpost in the Gulf). Kuwait