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 of the Prophthasia/in Dragiana/Phrada (Farah, Afghanistan) - 330 Alexandria in Areia (Herat, 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, Afghanistan) - 329 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)

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Amphipolis’ Lion not Part of the Tomb

Right, now they tell us! According to the latest statement, the famous Lion of Amphipolis from the 4th century BC could never have been sitting on top of the tomb that was the center of so much attention and speculations these past months.


The lion is said to be too heavy to be supported by the naturally formed hill in which the widely discussed burial site was excavated. Another argument that is pushed forward is that the date of the burial does not match the construction date of the lion. Now, why could the archeological research team not have said so at the earliest stage of the excavations? I don’t understand this.

In fact, the researchers have calculated that the hill, consisting of quartzite sand, clay and sandstone is unable to support a weight of more than 500 tons, while the adjacent lion with its base is weighing over 1,500 tons.

Meanwhile it is being revealed that the burial chamber was a mess of many human interventions and burnt remains. The box-shaped grave uncovered in the last chamber dates from a different time than the monument itself and it does not fit in with the grandeur of the entire burial site. Well, we figured out that much didn’t we?

More specific information about the riddle of Amphipolis is not being disclosed at present.

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