Friday, September 19, 2014

Tomb of whom?

Flanked by caryatids (IMAGE ABOVE) and guarded by sphinxes, a massive ancient tomb is coming to light in Greece. The marble walls, frescoes, and mosaics indicate that it was the resting place of a very important figure. With the inner burial chamber not yet unsealed, some are speculating that it contains the remains of Alexander the Great, who died in Babylon in 323 B.C.E. But classical scholar Ian Worthington of the University of Missouri in Columbia explains that the ruler's body was kidnapped by one of his generals and buried somewhere in Egypt. He challenges, "So I will bet you ten dollars that Alexander the Great is not in the tomb of Amphipolis."

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