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The Last Will and Testament of Alexander the Great (Hardback)

The Truth Behind the Death that Changed the Graeco-Persian World Forever

Ancient History Alexander the Great Military

By David Grant
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781526771261
Published: 7th July 2021


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Alexander the Great conquered the largest empire the world had ever seen while still in his twenties but fell fatally ill in Babylon before reaching 33 years old. His wife Roxanne was still pregnant with what would be his only legitimate son, so there was no clear-cut heir. The surviving accounts of his dying days differ on crucial detail, with the most popular version claiming Alexander uttered ‘to the strongest’ when asked to nominate a successor on his deathbed. Decades of ‘civil war’ ensued as Alexander’s hard-won empire was torn asunder by generals in the bloody ‘funeral games’ his alleged final words heralded in. The fighting for supremacy inevitably led to the extermination of his bloodline.

But was Alexander really so short-sighted and irresponsible?

Finally, after 2,340 years, the mystery is unravelled. In a forensic first, David Grant presents a compelling case for what he terms the ‘greatest succession cover up of all time’. Alexander’s lost Last Will and Testament is given new credibility and Grant deciphers events that led to its erasure from history by the generals who wanted to carve up the empire for themselves.

For anyone interested in the not-so-recent past this new book from Richmond resident and historian David Grant is well worth a look. In The Last Will and Testament of Alexander the Great, the author, by way of previously untapped forensic evidence, offers a fresh take on what happened following Alexander's demise and how his will (or possible lack of one) and the machinations of those closest to him, changed the Graeco-Persian world forever.

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About David Grant

David Grant has lived and worked around the world and filed a number of international patents which set out to change the status quo; unsurprisingly, he questions everything he reads, ancient and modern. He has an MA in ancient history and recently self-published a 917-page academic tome on Alexander after a decade of research. This forged a close working relationship with archaeologists and forensic anthropologists working on the Macedonian royal burials at Vergina, resulting in his 2019 title Unearthing the Family of Alexander the Great. He has further books planned challenging the excepted version of events surrounding the Macedonian king. Grant now resides in London.

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Unearthing the Family of Alexander the Great The Remarkable Discovery of the Royal Tombs of Macedon (Hardback)

In October 336 BC, statues of the twelve Olympian Gods were paraded through the ancient capital of Macedon. Following them was a thirteenth, a statue of King Philip II who was deifying himself in front of the Greek world. Moments later Philip was stabbed to death; it was a world-shaking event that heralded in the reign of his son, Alexander the Great. Equally driven by a heroic lineage stretching back to gods and heroes, Alexander conquered the Persian Empire in eleven years but died mysteriously in Babylon. Some 2,300 years later, a cluster of subterranean tombs were unearthed in northern Greece…

By David Grant

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