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Amphipolis tomb is here or not Alexander the Great's

13/11/2014

 

The skeleton discovered in the Amphipolis tomb likely belongs to Alexander the Great's closest friend and army general Hephaestion, experts say.

Associate Professor of history and archaeology at the University of Cyprus Theodoros Mavrogiannis told Antenna TV on Thursday that he personally believes that “all evidence so far leads to the conclusion that Hephaestion, Alexander the Great’s second in command, is buried in the tomb”.

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Alexander had expressed his wish for his army’s general to be treated as a hero, Mavrogiannis explained.

With regard to the belief that Hephaestion’s dead body was burned, Mavrogiannis argued that ancient texts only describe Alexander’s plans for the fire, but not the actual burning of  Hephaestion’s body. “According to ancient texts the structure was never completed,” Mavrogiannis said.

He expressed certainty that the “occupant” of the tomb is male, based on the length of the sarcophagus.

He said that “we don’t know what more to expect” from the tomb, leaving the possibility open for more “surprise” discoveries.

Classical archaeologist Dorothy King has also suggested that Hephaestion is likely buried in the Amphipolis tomb.

Speaking to Discovery News, King said that “a burial like this in a sarcophagus, a whole body rather than a box with ashes, is unusual in Macedonia,” adding: “If the bones are male, they are most likely to be those of someone like Hephaestion”.

Hephaestion, a Macedonian nobleman, was also Alexander’s closest childhood friend. Some historians have suggested that the two also had a physical relationship Source en.enikos.gr

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