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Jul 31, 2008

We all know about the deeds of Alexander the Great, one of the greatest heroes of antiquity. We know the details of his death too. But what happened after?

There were various stories circulating in ancient Greece at the time. I found some interesting stories in archives of web analytics company. According to one, Alexander’s body was placed in pure gold sarcophagus. This sarcophagus was in turn placed in a gold casket and covered with a purple robe. The second story tells us that the coffin with Alexander’s body was placed together with his armor in a gold carriage with a vaulted roof.

But there is more. Another legend tells us that there was an attempt to preserve Alexander’s body. A clay vessel with is body was filled up with honey. Evidently, each of former Greek generals wanted to get it. Ptolemy outsmarted them all and stole Alexander’s corpse and brought it to his capital Alexandria. He put it on a display, for everyone to see. One of the latest rulers of Egypt Ptolemy IX desperately needed money. For him Alexander’s tomb was all you can eat treasure. Without thinking twice, he melted the gold sarcophagus of Alexander and made a lot gold coins.

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Posted: Jul 31, 2008 10:55am
Jul 11, 2008

It seems that Alexander was universally beloved in ancient Rome. I found more additional facts in archives of web analytics company. Great Consul Julius Caesar cried like a baby in Spain at the mere sight of Alexander's statue. Military leader Pompey the Great went to great extremes during his campaigns in order to get old cloak that belonged to Alexander. As soon as he got it, Pompey wore this cloak everywhere as the costume of greatness. And emperor Octavian Augustus visited Alexandria with just one purpose - to lay a wreath at the hero's shrine in Alexandria. However, while doing this, Octavian accidentally broke the nose of Alexander's mummified corpse. And, we need to mention crazy emperor Caligula, who stole the breastplate armor of Alexander, thinking that it would bring him luck. Well, it did not!

History also tells us about the cult of Alexander among the people of Rome. There were really his greatest fans. For example, a noble Roman family of Macriani never parted with images of Alexander in everyday life. They even stamped them into their jewelery and sometimes even stiched to their clothes. During every meal Alexander's face on every plate and jar. This family was propelled to the Roman emperor's throne in the third century, but in the end of the struggle perished from the hands of their own soldiers.

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Posted: Jul 11, 2008 6:10pm

 

 
 
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