Alexandria's founded by Alexander

Alexandria's founded by Alexander the Great (by year BC): 334 Alexandria in Troia (Turkey) - 333 Alexandria at Issus/Alexandrette (Iskenderun, Turkey) - 332 Alexandria of Caria/by the Latmos (Alinda, Turkey) - 331 Alexandria Mygdoniae - 331 Alexandria (Egypt) - 330 Alexandria in Areia (Herat, Afghanistan) - 330 Alexandria of the Prophthasia/in Drangiana/Phrada (Farah, Afghanistan) - 330 Alexandria in Arachosia (Kandahar, Afghanistan) - 330 Alexandria in Caucasus (Begram, Afghanistan) - 329 Alexandria of the Paropanisades (Ghazni, Afghanistan) - 329 Alexandria Eschate or Ultima (Khodjend, Tajikistan) - 329 Alexandria on the Oxus (Ai-Khanoum OR Termez, Afghanistan) - 328 Alexandria in Margiana (Merv, Turkmenistan) - 326 Alexandria Nicaea (on the Hydaspes, India) - 326 Alexandria Bucephala (on the Hydaspes, India) - 325 Alexandria Sogdia - 325 Alexandria Rambacia (Bela, Pakistan) - 325 Alexandria Oreitide - 325 Alexandria in Opiene (confluence of Indus & Acesines, India) - 325 Alexandria on the Indus - 325 Alexandria Xylinepolis (Patala, India) - 325 Alexandria in Carminia (Gulashkird, Iran) - 324 Alexandria-on-the-Tigris/Antiochia-in-Susiana/Charax (Spasinou Charax on the Tigris, Iraq) - ?Alexandria of Carmahle? (Kahnu)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Lost Tomb of Alexander the Great in Egypt?

An endless subject of discussion and speculation, no doubt. As far as I’m concerned, I’ll stick to the conclusions Andrew Chugg made in his book, but that doesn’t mean that the questions raised by the finds on YouTube are to be brushed off lightly.

We are shown pictures from the Bahariya Oasis, about 300 km south of Alexandria, where a great number of rich graves was found that belonged to the local mixed population of Romans, Greeks, Bedouins and Egyptians. In other words, it was a good place to hide and secure the body of Alexander the Great from interference by Christians and Muslims alike. A theory like any other? Maybe so, but the fact that Dr Zahi Hawass is there in person to point out the relief of Alexander in the neighboring temple is a clear indication that we should give this theory some serious consideration. The desert is a big place and I’m convinced there are much and much more treasures hidden under its sand.

Wouldn’t it be baffling to find the remains of Alexander the Great after all these centuries? An exciting perspective, but I doubt I’ll live long enough to witness that great day!

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