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Persian Prisoners

Unknownabout 1413 - 1415

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

The men held in the stocks may be Persian prisoners of war, taken after a series of battles between Alexander the Great and Darius III, king of Persia, in which the Persians sustained great losses. According to Boccaccio, very few of the 500,000 Persian foot soldiers and horsemen who participated in the final engagement survived. On the other hand, the miniature might depict Darius himself, who fled the battlefield and was briefly imprisoned after betrayal by his own comrades.

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