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by Efstathios
Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:48 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
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Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis

I have read the sources but i only know little latin so these ones i have read in English or Greek translations. The thing here is that Justin uses the word "tumulumque" which means only one thing, a tumulus. Since the tumulus is something very different and specific than a monument on the...
by Efstathios
Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:58 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

Also of interest, professor Mavroyannis says that Justin in the original latin text says that Alexander build a "tumulum" for Hephaestion, a tumulous! If one can find and post the original latin text we can see that.
by Efstathios
Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:31 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

There is nothing so bizarre in Aelian as the talking snakes that led Alexander around in the Libyan desert in the account of Arrian, which he suggests that he took from his main source, Ptolemy. Will you therefore disbelieve everything that Arrian wrote too? We have discussed about the sources many...
by Efstathios
Sun Nov 16, 2014 7:13 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

This is a rough translation which includes many technical terms, from the part that regards dating of a talk with prof. Mavroyiannis in a radio station at Cyprus from September. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR_uG0fMYUQ The cove (arch) of Kasta tomb is constructed from oblong domoi (plural of δόμο...
by Efstathios
Sun Nov 16, 2014 5:27 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

We have excellent accounts of how hot the fire was in ancient cremations from the very well documented case of Hephaistion's funeral. Surely not by Aelian. Who said that "Leonnatus and Menelaus, who enjoyed hunting, had nets a hundred stades long". And how about the pyre of Philip? If the...
by Efstathios
Sun Nov 16, 2014 3:54 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 are a lot of rumors in Greek forums and blogs about a second entrance for some time now. Based on mr. Polymenakos 3d presentation showing the two tunnels, the second one should be in the spot where they haven't removed the dirt yet. It's on the right side of the second image. There is also a g...
by Efstathios
Sat Nov 15, 2014 11:33 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
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Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis

In the 29th there is going be to an official press release regarding the excavation, so maybe the dating evidence will be included there, or in an archaeological convention. I will try and translate the important parts in prof. Mavroyiannis presentation for the non greek speakers.
by Efstathios
Sat Nov 15, 2014 7:45 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
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Views: 377651

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis

Yes the decoration pattern seems to be common in many places. Here is the speech, it's in Greek though, interesting parts from 30:00 and on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02JBVAJc4i4#t=5211
by Efstathios
Fri Nov 14, 2014 5:35 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

From what i have gathered from previous statements the dig will continue in a few months according to what they find in the new geo-tomography. Now it's time for them to take a well deserved break. Mrs Peristeri said a few days ago that the perivolos has still a lot of secrets. Aside from the perivo...
by Efstathios
Fri Nov 14, 2014 11:47 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

According to here: http://news247.gr/eidiseis/psixagogia/politismos/Amfipoli-news/to_peirama_toy_mantsester_pws_tha_apokalyfthei_to_mystiko_ths_amfipolhs.3141294.html Professor Antikas said that genetic material from Philip II as well as from the tomb of the Prince and tomb I was send to the Univers...
by Efstathios
Thu Nov 13, 2014 8:16 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 Amphipol

It is pending approval from the state since August, i will post more details later, it was on the news here.
by Efstathios
Thu Nov 13, 2014 2:13 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 Amphipol

Actually professor Mavrogiannis explained why Hephaestion could have been transfered to Amphipolis very well in one lecture back in September. He also gave hints for the dating of the tomb in Amphipolis being near 325-320 B.C through architectural elements and comparisons and wondered why other arch...
by Efstathios
Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:58 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 Amphipol

Good Amyntoros, i was starting to wonder if lio had read the previous posts but now i see. Andrew, so Kassandros took the remains of Olympias from Pydna and put them in the tomb that was meant for Alexander? It is a theory of course, but the data the archaeologists give us suggest that it is a male,...
by Efstathios
Wed Nov 12, 2014 5:23 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 Amphipol

The decorative elements on the wooden casket are the same as the ones at the Sidon sarcophagus as Dorothy King pointed out. She also said that wooden caskets were considered more luxurius than marble ones.

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by Efstathios
Wed Nov 12, 2014 1:45 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 Amphipol

Newest from the press, Mrs Peristeri said that a lion would not be placed at a woman's tomb. Also she said that the dig continues as the perivolos holds other secrets too. The first is a possible reference to the gender of the dead, and the second that there are other tombs inside. The plot thickens...