Alexander, having conquered the world grew weary and wanted to see what was above the sky. He tethered two eagles to a basket and, enticing them upwards with roasted meat held on a spear, got them to take him above the clouds. When he realised that nothing much happened there he lowered the meat and they came down to earth safely.
Jans Jansen Enikel: Weltchronik
Heidelberg UB Cod. Pal. germ. 336, fol. 155r
Alexander rex exploring the sky
Plate with depiction of Alexander the Great's heavenly flight.
Byzantium, end. 12th-beg. 13th c.
State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Relief of ascension of Alexander the great
Museum of Mystras near Sparta, Greece
Byzantine relief of Peribleptos church, 2nd half of 14th century
Alexander the Great in a chariot drawn by griffins
London, Victoria & Albert Museum, ca. 1160, enamel, 10.2 cm square