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by delos13
Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:45 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Hephaistion's pyre question
Replies: 115
Views: 37622

Re: Hephaistion's pyre question

Two preserved corpses hardly constitute a culture of preserving the dead. Agesilaos is only preserved because he is a King, Alexander goes one better by being a God; Hephaistion was neither. I think because Hephaistion was declared a Hero by Siwa Oracle (the same Oracle that declared Alexander a go...
by delos13
Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:16 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Hephaistion's pyre question
Replies: 115
Views: 37622

Re: Hephaistion's pyre question

The King was intensely grieved at [Hephaistion’s death] and entrusted his body to Perdiccas to conduct to Babylon, where he proposed to celebrate a magnificent funeral for him… The total height of the pyre was more than one hundred and thirty cubits. I was hoping, taking into account the extensive ...
by delos13
Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:01 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Hephaistion's pyre question
Replies: 115
Views: 37622

Re: Hephaistion's pyre question

A question that has always puzzled me about the size of Hephaestion's pyre though is, would it have been hot enough to disintegrate bone? Surely Alexander would have wanted to collect the bones to inter (as Philip's were), so how would you find any bones in that huge pile of ash that would probably...
by delos13
Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:29 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Hephaistion's pyre question
Replies: 115
Views: 37622

Re: Hephaistion's pyre question

It is by no means certain that the pyre was ever built, Hephaistion was probably burned at Ecbatana and his ashes brought to Babylon; the Greeks tended not to leave corpses to rot over five or six months before dealing with them, and he does not seem to have been buried. I never knew that there was...
by delos13
Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:09 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Hephaistion's pyre question
Replies: 115
Views: 37622

Hephaistion's pyre question

Hello, everyone: Since it's my first post and till now I was just browsing here, never commenting on anything, I think it will be polite to start with a short introduction. I am interested in Alexander as a historical figure and in people who surrounded him, the times he lived and the different opin...