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Battle of Granikos River

Alexander conquered the whole of Greece and the Eastern world during the second half of the fourth century BC.

Alexander the Great is the one conqueror in history who did not bring destruction and oppression to the peoples that he conquered, but instead offered them invaluable gifts of civilization and culture.

He was a promoter of Hellenic ideals, which he implemented in practice at the peak of their expression. Alexander is the founder of the Roman policy of “Pax Romana,” which by itself constituted the first and foremost precondition for the consolidation and continued expansion of the Christian faith.

The embroidery pictured here is one example of a series of handmade embroideries of Greek historical and cultural themes that I created.

It depicts Alexander at the Battle of Granikos River in 334 B.C.

Some of Alexander's exploits were officially recorded some 400 years after his life, by a Hellenic historian, who was authorized by Emperor Hadrian (A.D. 117-138) after gaining Roman citizenship.

The historian, Arian, (A.D. 95-180) records part of the Battle of Granikos River in this way: "Alexander was advancing towards the Granichos River with his army in full formation..."

"Alexander then mounting on his horse then addressed those around him and alerted their attention to the brave in battle..."

"He (Alexander) then led the right side at the sound of battle trumpets and kept his troops in formation despite the current of the river..."

"Alexander was the first to go through Persian lines..."

..."(Alexander) also buried the Hellenic mercenaries that fought on the side of the enemies, and those of whom he captured were chained and sent to Macedonia for forced labour, because despite the fact that they were Hellenes, they had breached the joint decision of Hellenes, and fought against Hellas..."

"Underpinned in this accurate and therefore historic document the deepest conviction of the Hellenic warrior. One of the greatest military figures, Alexander..."

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I am proud of my father – the Merchant Navy Commander Nikos Kondovrakis – for his spirit of sacrifice and of giving for the homeland. During the war, Commander Kondovrakis offered his ship for the sake of Greece and received a medal from Marshall Alexandros Papagos after World War II.

I am promoting my works from my own funds and without outside sponsorship to awaken the international Greek community and to promote the values of my country around the world.

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