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by Efstathios
Sat Nov 29, 2014 9:40 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 377651

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis

11.25 GMT+2 Mrs Peristeri started her presentation.

I will be updating this post as the news keep coming. If you find an live report in english let me know.

11.28 The locals were talking about the tomb of a Queen, we uncovered the perivolos. (mention to Lazaridis was made earlier).
by Efstathios
Fri Nov 28, 2014 12:06 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 377651

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis

Let's clarify something. Deinocrates (Δεινοκράτης) , and not Dinocrates which is the latinized name, comes from the words "deinos" (δεινός) and krato (κρατώ) the verb. Deinos has two meanings in ancient Greek, terrible and skilful (επιδέξιος), and in this occasion it is most probably skilf...
by Efstathios
Thu Nov 27, 2014 4:13 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 377651

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis

It is actually this: http://www.samothrace.emory.edu/visualizing-the-sanctuary/interactive-plan/hieron According to Lehmann, it was begun in the late fourth century, c. 325 BCE, although other scholars place the building in the early third century. The second inscription at Pydna can be seen here: h...
by Efstathios
Thu Nov 27, 2014 3:07 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 377651

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis

I have been careful only to discuss the candidacy of Olympias in terms of probability There are two inscriptions that place Olympias' tomb at Pydna, the one that has been discussed here and another one also from Pydna, from a tomb of a child from the later hellenistic years, that according to the i...
by Efstathios
Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:46 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Is history REALLY sure Alexander was buried in Egypt ?
Replies: 11
Views: 5395

Re: Is history REALLY sure Alexander was buried in Egypt ?

To rephrase speople's question, is history really sure that it was Alexander that was buried in Egypt? Sure, the Roman emperors saw a body that was supposed to be Alexander, but was it him? Even before the Amphipolis' tomb was found some archaeologists and historians pointed out that the body that w...
by Efstathios
Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:34 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 377651

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis

Hephaistion and the rest of the army passing through Amphipolis on their way to conquer Persia Amphipolis was actually the base from where the army set out for both campaigns, the first for the North, and the second for Persia along with the fleet. The fleet was brought from Cyprus where the ships ...
by Efstathios
Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:19 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 377651

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis

The other day I did see photos of inscriptions inside the tomb. Just found them again - here's the link in full: https://twitter.com/PepiSer/status/5344 ... 48/photo/1 Mrs Ariadni Papafotiou is the reporter who took the interview from Mrs Peristeri back in 2013, and spoke in a presentation with the...
by Efstathios
Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:31 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 377651

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis

Diodorus 18.4.2 says that Alexander had left orders for the completion of Hephaistion's pyra, having described a funeral pyre in 17.115. The translator, Russel Geer, explains: "since the pyre had already been completed, the reference here appears to be to the tomb planned by Alexander." O...
by Efstathios
Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:08 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 377651

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis

You raise good questions, but Deinocratis was not the only architect in Alexander's campaign. He was the head-architect, and he could have other architects or students working on the projects, and he could have visited them at any time. He could have left Babylon for Amphipolis to start working on t...
by Efstathios
Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:51 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Occupant of Amphipolis tomb
Replies: 1
Views: 1626

Re: Occupant of Amphipolis tomb

This is how the infamous and long awaited “resident” of the Amphipolis Tomb looked like, according to the scientists’ estimations, based on the facts regarding the Greeks of his time (4th century BC). - See more at: http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/11/15/the-resident-of-the-amphipolis-tomb/#sth...
by Efstathios
Mon Nov 17, 2014 7:55 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 377651

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis

Nevertheless, there is a suspicion that somebody who is choosing to highlight Justin as their principal source on Hephaistion's funeral and has not realised that he is translating pyra rather arbitrarily as tumulus has not properly read all the relevant material before pronouncing. Prof. Mavroyiann...
by Efstathios
Mon Nov 17, 2014 7:35 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 377651

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis

Nice photos Iapetos. Zebedee, no individual could have likely being able to fund this monument, and i don't see how some of them could have co-funded it. In the press release they said it was funded by the state. Someone ordered to bring "half of the island of Thasos" to Amphipolis, the ma...
by Efstathios
Mon Nov 17, 2014 6:05 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 377651

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis

So, it seems unlikely that none of the diadochi or Antipatros would fund the construction of this monument-tomb. That leaves us with one person that would, and it was Alexander. It fits the dating and also supports it. If this was the heroon and tomb for Hephaestion then he would have given the orde...
by Efstathios
Mon Nov 17, 2014 3:04 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 377651

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis

There is no actual evidence that a funeral pyre was ever made or completed. In Babylon there are no archaeological finds of a monument of which each side was supposed to be a stadium. And then we have Diodorus and his mention of Perdiccas opening the letter after Alexander's death with his orders of...
by Efstathios
Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:25 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 377651

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis

I suggest we put this word "tumulus" up for a healthy debate as it's a key word that can reveal something that we didn't know. To translate a word we must also look at the context, and in this particular text the context does not suggest that tumulus was a monument that had something to do...