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 Dragiana/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)

Friday, August 22, 2014

News as of today, 21 August 2014 from Amphipolis

Excavations at the huge tomb of Amphipolis are progressing at a very fast pace indeed. Today a new update has been published in The Kouti Pandoras releasing some beautiful pictures.

The upper portion of the marble doorway that is crowned by the two sphinxes mentioned earlier has now been exposed with wonderful plastered walls on the side of the passage.

More importantly, as the top of the doorway is beginning to appear the archaeologists have exposed brightly painted Ionic capitals. Traces of red, blue and black are clearly visible on these capitals as well as on the architrave above.

For the first time, I am reading about an estimated time to reach the inside of the tomb. It would take about two weeks. Let’s hope this timing is correct and that the mystery around the Tomb of Amphipolis will finally be solved.


  1. The head of excavations at Amphipolis, Katerina Peristeri, has revealed her belief that the tomb has not been looted. The statement was made on Friday morning, during a visit to the site by a group from main opposition SYRIZA [...] However, it seems highly unlikely that the tomb would have remained unlooted, being such a prominent landmark, and bearing in mind that after the defeat of king Perseus in the Third Macedonian War (168 BC), Lucius Aemilius Paullus Macedonicus totally plundered everything in the erstwhile Macedonian kingdom. It is scarcely credible that the prominent monument would have escaped his voracious attention. Newgreek. 22/08/14. So....

  2. Yes you say, So ....
    It is a fact that Lucius Macedonicus did a thorough job collecting and sweeping up all the treasures of Macedonia (including the library!) and he may indeed have plundered the tomb of Amphipolis. But then the tumulus at Vergina is no small mound either and the tomb of Philip II was found intact. Even Andronicos had a hard time finding it. So, I think all may not be lost as yet.
    In the end, your guess is as good as mine, or that of anyone in the field.