Image: Dr Elizabeth Baynham
Dr Elizabeth Baynham, Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle, with the tapestry Alexander the Great and the family of Darius.
- Carl Bento
- © Australian Museum
In the tapestry, Alexander (in red) stands second from the right with Hephaestion (blue). Elizabeth says ‘The story is significant because when Alexander took Hephaestion to visit Darius' captive mother and family, the Persian queen mother bowed to Hephaestion by mistake. She was horrified when the frightened eunuchs (background) pointed out her error, but Alexander reportedly said ‘Never mind, Mother, you weren't far out – this man (Hephaestion) is Alexander too!’