Greeks captivated by Alexander-era tomb at Amphipolis

Sep 25, 2014

By Giorgos Christides

The discovery of an enormous tomb in northern Greece, dating to the time of Alexander the Great of Macedonia, has enthused Greeks, distracting them from a dire economic crisis.

Who, they are asking, is buried within.

In early August, a team of Greek archaeologists led by Katerina Peristeri unearthed what officials say is the largest burial site ever to be discovered in the country. The mound is in ancient Amphipolis, a major city of the Macedonian kingdom, 100km (62 miles) east of Thessaloniki, Greece’s second city.

The structure dates back to the late 4th Century BC and the wall surrounding it is 500m (1,600ft) in circumference, dwarfing the burial site of Alexander’s father, Philip II, in Vergina, west of Thessaloniki.


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2 comments on “Greeks captivated by Alexander-era tomb at Amphipolis

  • Greece and the Greek people have been those who have suffered the most in the economic crisis raging in Europe since the year 2008 and it is natural that the Greek people is looking forward to a national symbol of much relevance as would be the discovery of the tomb of Alexander the Great. According to all history books, his body was buried in Egypt as pharaoh of that country. Alexander’s empire was divided among his generals and Egypt was taken over by the Ptolemaic dynasty. It is possible – and this is just a hypothesis – that during the long reign of that dynasty, someone decided, for whatever reasons, to transport the remains of the Pharaoh to his native land. If this is confirmed, I hope the Greeks can strengthen their national pride, that has suffered so much, and this can give them encouragement to rebuild the economy of their country.

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