From the article: What Color Was Alexander the Great's Hair?
What color do you think Alexander the Great's hair was and what evidence do you have to support it? Do you think we have enough evidence to say one way or another? Would knowing his hair color make any difference? State Your Case
- Ok, ok calm yourselves, This was obviously not a highly important detail in history, however, from the murals and mosaics of what we believe to be of Alexander the Great, he is depicted as blond. Yet, it is possible that his lovely golden locks were shown to give him a godly aura about him or to even make him stand out from the rest to demonstrate that he was a person of great importance. Despite all that, most Greeks and Macedonians were olive skinned with dark hair. While many believe that it was the Arabics and Turkish that influenced this, think about the reason why they have those characteristics; tans do not generate as much heat as sunburns, so therefore people living in hot climates (such as Greece) adapted over time to become more prone to tanning. As for hair, dark hair absorbs heat, but one cannot feel it because there are no nerves in hair. My best guess is that Alex was dark haired, though I (being blond myself) am holding out for that slim chance of him being blond.
- —Guest Nobody you know
check wikipedia : you'll got the answer!
- As we can see on the pictures of ancient fresco displayed on wikipedia(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_the_Great) Alexander the great looked brown haired with dark eyes. On the sculptures, his face looked classical greek (curly hairs with strong nose and lips). By the way this is quite logic since the propagation of nordictype elements (like blondism, fairism, etc...) inside the Mediterranean peoples began with the barbarian invasions that occured after the fall of the Roman Empire.
- —Guest Rollon
improve your ancient history level !
- Sorry guys but.....If you confound Arabs and Turks with ancient mediterranean peoples like Romans and Greeks that proves that you lack knowledge about the ancient history or, at least, that you got a serious trouble with chronology ! The arabic conquest began in the 7th century so circa 2 centuries after the fall of the roman empire (476 AD) ! And the Turks are a people coming from central Asia that came in the "Med" area in the 15th century after they defeated the byzantine empire, so circa 1000 years after the fall of the roman empire ! So....the romans and the greeks did not wait for the turks or the arabs to be what they were : dark haired people with white to bronze skin color. Maybe some people during the ancient history were ginger or blond haired but probably a tiny minority coming from interbreeding with captive from the north since i have never seen a blond folk on a greek or on a roman pottery or fresco.
- —Guest Guest ignorance stopper
...and as for Ceasar
- The fact that the Gauls, like the Britons painted their faces and waxed up their hair to make themselves look "more weird" (NOT what he said by the way) nothing to do with them, being fair haired. The Romans had been battling them for centuries. How the hell would he be surprised, for God's sake ? And Ceasar's hair was DARK, much like I think yours is ((I'm fair haired. but I'm Anglo-Saxon)
- —Guest Basileus
Why is it "ridiculous" ???
- Look into ACTUAL COMMENTS FROM THE TIME. That Spartan girls were supposed to be fair haired, even blonde. Sulla, the great Roman General was a gingery blonde. The "dark hair of the Med" only came about after centuries of rapine by the Arabs and Turks
- —Guest Basileus
He could not have been blond
- Are you really serious guys when pretending that ancient Greeks were like nordic peoples or just completely ignorant ? Blonds fair people are from the extreme north (scandinavia and germany) and since the fall of the Roman empire they were considered barbarians at the edge of the known world (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Migration_Period) ! Julius Cesar himself during his military campaign reported how he was surprised of their "weird appareance" (blond haired tall savages always drinking too much and being undisciplined)
- —Guest ignorance stopper
Alexander the Blond
- I saw him last week in California; after a brief discussion about the surfing conditions we went to Starbucks for a latte...Alexander was a Mediterranean of very fair skin, blond hair and deep baby blues. Also related to Thor. I have a photo to show of proof of my findings.
- —Guest Realist
Use your noggins ???Alexander was FAIR !
- The pompous answer at the top is a display of someone lecturing on a subject he knows little about. The cause of Greek "dark hair" now is after centuryies and centuries of arabic and Turk invasions and rapine. Similar to Italy. Ancient writings describe SPARTAN women in the south of Greece as being fair haired, even blonde. Rome - Sulla was described by ancient writings as being gingery-blond. Ceasar on the other hand was notable for his DARK hair. Alexander's mother was supposed to be from the north possibily Bulgaria, and likely to carry fair haired genes. So it's far from unlikely that Alexander was blond. And THATS with the writings of the ancients.
- —Guest Phil K
Alexander's hair was probably dark
- My evidence is that most Greeks/Macedonians have dark hair, so Alexander most likely did, too. And because most Greeks had dark hair, they considered light hair beautiful, so Alexander being portrayed with light hair is most likely a case of beautification. Also, in all of the pictures I've seen of Alexander (which were made during Alexander's time) depicted him with dark hair. Seriously, It's not likely at all that he had light hair... Really now, folks. Use your noggins. :)
- —Guest Nik
alexander the great
- alexander was a blond and in all his photos he is a blond.
- —Guest chea
Blond is sexy!
- Firstly let me state that I am surprised that Yugoslavia and Slavs were dragged into the discussion: Slavs arrived in the Balkans in the 6th century AD (roughly 10 centuries after Alexander's death), meaning that they have nothing to do with the ancient Macedonians, who were a Greek tribe. As far as Alexander's hair is concerned, most ancient sources indicate that he was blond. However this is the case with many heroes and gods of the Greek pantheon (Helen of Troy, Achilles, Apollo, Aphrodite etc etc), as the Greeks - being a dark haired people - considered blond to be more beautiful. Thus it may be that the blond Alexander is another case of "beautification" via hair colour (!), especially as we know that he himself was quite vainglorious and became a model for youthful beauty (after Alexander shaving became fashionable) [the phenomenon can be observed today: in Scandinavian countries dark haired models are more popular, while in the south blonds are still considered more beautiful..
- —Guest Surprised
- From the reconstructed Alexander's Sarcophagus, from the hunting mural evidence of the Royal Tomb II at Vergina of Alexanders father and the Floor Mosaic at Pella Showing Alexander and Krateros on a Deer Hunt. All clearly show Alexander with Red Hair, especially the Pella mosaic, as it shows matching Red pubic hair. And a description of his hair colour as being 'Xanth' that is Greek for golden or ginger hair. Of notre the Mosaic of Pompey was created 300 years after Alexaders death and then being based on a painting by Apelles.
- —Guest Brian Foley
- According to Roman rhetoric teacher Aelian, Alexander's hair "curled naturally, and was yellow". Plutarch wrote that Alexander "was of fair colour". Callisthenes claims that "he had the hair of a lion". All in all he was probably dirty blonde. The light haired, light eyed people of the Kalash tribe of northern Pakistan claim to be descendants of Alexander. Either way he was a remarkable leader and King.
- —Guest Madmartigan
What Color was Alexander the Great's Hai
- The Hair color of Alexander the Great was Brown to Black.. as so indicated by the Mosaic of Pompey, which was as is indicated by some, itself a copy of a painting done to Alexander by Apelles, while Alexander was in his youth and alive and well.. Apelles was not only a contemporary of Alexander and His father, Philip.. but also painted Alxander where he is holding Rods of lightning... and so the Mosaic is very faithful to the real hair color of Alexander given the fact that the Slavics of that area today, are mainly Dark haired people.. the same can be said about the skintone of Alexander, for in the mosaic of Pompey, as a copy of Apelles's painting who met Him.. Alexader is shown as Olive skinned, with large Mediterranean Dark eyes.. not that different than the Persians that he is fighting.... Those that say that he is "Blond and blue eyed" are too influenced by Hollywood's view of Alexander and not by Archaeology... are worse yet.. Nordicist, Racial fantasies...
THE REAL ANSWER
- The real answer to this question is Dirty blonde, sandy blonde. His hair was blonde, with some dark strands thrown in. Trust me, this is the corrext answer, according to archaeologists who have discovered this a long time ago.
- —Guest Guest
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