The Tastes of Alexander

In honour of the Alexander the Great exhibition at the Australian Musuem, Xanthi launches its ‘Alexander Menu’, taking inspiration from the fusion of tastes and flavours that accompanied Alexander’s Hellenic empire in the West as it ventured into the vast Achaemenid Persian territories to the East.

$85 per person.

Available daily from 27th November 2012 AD ~ until close of exhibition.

You must pre-book the menu as it is specially made. Phone 9232 8535 or email.

No alterations to menu

The Journey Begins
Pella 336 BC

Across the Granicus

The Battle of the Granicus River in May 334 BC was the first of three major battles fought between Alexander the Great and the Persian Empire. Fought in Northwestern Asia Minor, near the site of Troy, it was here that Alexander defeated the forces of the Persian satraps of Asia Minor, including a large force of Greek mercenaries led by Memnon of Rhodes.

The battle took place on the road from Abydos to Dascylium (near modern day Ergili, Turkey), at the crossing of the Granicus River (modern day Biga Çayi).


The Battle of Gaugamela ( /ˌɡɔːɡəˈmiːlə/; Greek: Γαυγάμηλα) took place in 331 BC between Alexander the Great and Darius III of Persia.

The battle, which is also called the Battle of Arbela, resulted in a decisive victory for the Macedonians and led to the fall of the Persian Empire.

The Battle of Hydaspes River

The Battle of the Hydaspes River was fought by Alexander the Great in 326 BC against King Porus of the Hindu Paurava kingdom on the banks of the Hydaspes River (Jhelum River) in the Punjab near Bhera in what is now modern-day Pakistan. The battle resulted in a complete Macedonian victory and the annexation of the Punjab, which lay beyond the confines of the defeated Persian empire, into the Alexandrian Empire.

Babylon – Death of Alexander

On either 10 or 11 June 323 BC, Alexander died in the palace of Nebuchadnezzar II, in Babylon, at age 32. Diodorus recounts that Alexander was struck with pain after downing a large bowl of unmixed wine in honour of Hercules, and died after some agony.

Alexander’s body was laid in a gold anthropoid sarcophagus, which was in turn placed in a gold casket.

Celebrating ‘Alexander The Great ~ 2000 Years of Treasures’ at the Australian Museum

The largest exhibition ever seen in Australia, from The State Hermitage, Russia.

The most exciting and prestigious classical culture exhibition ever to be hosted by the Australian Museum in Sydney and features the largest collection of treasures ever to come to Australia from the world famous State Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia.

The exhibition includes over 400 objects from classical antiquity through to the modern age from both Western and Non-Western origins, spanning a period of almost 2500 years.

Signature pieces that people travel from all over the world to the State Hermitage to see, including the famous Gonzaga cameo and the polished black basalt statue of Cleopatra VII, will be on display.

This exhibition is exclusive to Sydney.

Pop-up Bar

Wed 23 January 2013

The Museum foyer will come alive with exotic music and tastes all with the backdrop of the majestic Alexander the Great ~ 2000 Years of Treasures exhibition.

Enjoy a pop-up bar in the theme of an Ouzeris – the traditional bars of Greece where appetizers and mezéthes are matched with ouzo, beer and wine.

Catering prepared by Restaurant Associates in Consultation with David Tsirekas of Xanthi Bar and Restaurant.

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