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Roxana, a wife of Alexander the Great
Published: 16 april 2015

Alexander the Great longed for the Orient and he started all-Hellenic campaign. He was surprised by heroic resistance from the locals but it was ruthlessly suppressed. But all resistances were suppressed and one day among captives was a Bactrian noble man – Oxiart.  He had a daughter, named Roxana. She was very beautiful girl with luxuriant hair and sparkling eyes. Though she was a captive, Alexander decided to marry her. Alexander and Roxana There’s a famous picture “Wedding of Alexander and Roxana” by Greek artist Rotari. There the master depicted an episode of Alexander and Roxana’s encounter. He painted the picture by the books of Plutarch. We can see the Princess surrounded by crying maidservants - she was standing decently before the astonished commander.  It’s interesting that the master depicted a Greek girl instead of the daughter of...

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Central Asia сalligraphy
Rubric: Handicrafts
Published: 06 april 2015

In ancient times state and economic paperwork was based on the Arabic script on the territory of modern Uzbekistan. Central Asia calligraphers have been actively developing the craft and soon it became not only writing but the real art. Calligrapher was an honorable profession Calligraphers’ work was difficult but through it they could put into practice their creation. That’s why the profession was honorable and calligraphers belonged to intelligentsia. But not every calligrapher was talented – there were only few of them. The rumors about talented people spread rapidly around all khanates and high-ranking officers contacted with such kind of people. There were special schools in each city: Tashkent, Kokand, Khorezm, Samarkand and Bukhara. Each school has its particular qualities and specialists could determine who has written one or another inscription. Different s...

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