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Chugg says, much has been written about Alexander the Great's life and adventures, but very little about his tomb which has been "lost" since the late 4th or early 5th century BC. In this book The Lost Tomb of Alexander the Great. Andrew Chugg.

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New research reveals hitherto unrecognised evidence and provides a fresh insight into the disappearance of The Tomb of Alexander the Great. The disappearance and fate of the tomb of Alexander the Great in Alexandria is among the most momentous and tantalising of all the mysteries we have inherited from the ancient world.

The so-called Alexander Sarcophagus , unrelated to Alexander's body and once thought to be the sarcophagus of Abdalonymus , is now believed to be that of Mazacus, a Persian governor of Babylon. Alexander's wish to be interred in Siwa was not honored.


In late or early BC Ptolemy diverted the body to Egypt where it was interred in Memphis, the center of Alexander's government in Egypt. While Ptolemy was in possession of Alexander's body, Perdiccas and Eumenes had Alexander's armor, diadem and royal scepter. According to Plutarch, who visited Alexandria, Python of Catana and Seleucus were sent to a serapeum to ask the oracle whether Alexander's body should be sent to Alexandria and the oracle answered positively. Later Ptolemy Philopator placed Alexander's body in Alexandria's communal mausoleum.

By BC Alexander was already entombed in Alexandria. In 48 BC Alexander's tomb was visited by Caesar. In Alexander's tomb was sealed up by Septimius Severus during his visit to Alexandria. An immense crowd of strangers come thither, even from distant countries, for the sake of worshipping and doing homage to the tomb, on which they likewise frequently bestow considerable donations".

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The Egyptian Supreme Council for Antiquities has officially recognized over search attempts for Alexander's tomb. In Greek archaeologist Liana Souvaltzi announced she identified one alleged tomb in Siwah with that of Alexander.

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The claim was put in doubt by the then-general secretary of the Greek Ministry of Culture, George Thomas, who said that it was unclear if the excavated structure is even a tomb. According to one legend, the body lies in a crypt beneath an early Christian church.

The recent discovery of a large Alexander-era tomb at Kasta Tomb in Amphipolis in the region of Macedonia, Greece , [19] has once again invited speculation about Alexander final resting place. Some have speculated that it was built for Alexander but never used due to Ptolemy I Soter having seized the funeral cortege.

They suggest that the Roman Emperor Caracalla , a great admirer of Alexander, may have had him re-interred in Amphipolis in the late second century AD. However, only future excavation at Amphipolis will reveal if there is any truth in the suggestion.