Alexander's Tomb: The Two-Thousand Year Obsession to Find the Lost Conquerer

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Basic Books, 30 lug 2007 - 320 pagine
Alexander the Great is a towering figure in world history, but despite our long-held fascination with him, his burial site is unknown. The search for Alexander's tomb began soon after his untimely death in 323 B.C. and continues even today. The epic pursuit of the tomb spans continents and centuries, and involves some of history's most iconic figures. This is the story not of a brief and spectacular life, but of a momentous and unexplained death, multiple burials, and the seemingly never-ending quest for a man-god's final resting place. Bringing together thousands of years of speculation, as well as new questions about the ramifications of actually solving the puzzle, Alexander's Tomb is a fascinating look at one of archaeology's greatest mysteries.
 

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I am mostly disappointed with this book, due to the author's fabrications, and the use of less than reliable sources. He also at the end announces that he isn't really interested in the actual tomb ... Leggi recensione completa

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In 323 B.C.E., Alexander the Great died in Babylon at the age of 33 after having conquered (or liberated) lands under Persian domination from Egypt to Afghanistan and as far as India. Alexanderï ... Leggi recensione completa

Indice

1 The Cloak of Immortality
5
2 Death and Dying in Babylon
17
3 Stealing the Body and the Memphis Tomb
33
4 Who Moved Alexanders Corpse?
49
5 The Alexandrian Mausoleum
63
6 Ancient Visitors
79
7 The Tomb Disappears
95
8 The TwoHorned Lord and Medieval Whispers
113
12 Politics of the Dead
177
13 The Eternal Quest
191
14 Afterlife
201
Dramatis Personae
207
Glossary
229
Acknowledgments
247
Notes
249
Bibliography
269

9 Napoleon Nelson and Alexanders Ghost
129
10 Archaeologists Maps and Tombs
147
11 Alabaster Fantasy and Ancient Walls
163

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Pagina 14 - ... sheep and specified quantities of wheaten flour and wine were given daily by the king; and a horse once a month as a sacrifice to Cyrus. Upon the tomb an inscription in Persian letters had been placed, which bore the following meaning in the Persian language, "O man, I am Cyrus, son of Cambyses, who founded the empire of the Persians, and was king of Asia. Do not therefore grudge me this monument.

Informazioni sull'autore (2007)

Nicholas J. Saunders is a lecturer in the department of anthropology at University College, London, and a regular commentator on British television and radio.

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