Unearthing the Family of Alexander the Great (Hardback)
The Remarkable Discovery of the Royal Tombs of Macedon
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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 containing the remains of the Macedonian royal line. This is the remarkable story of the quest to identify the family of Alexander the Great and the dynasty that changed the Graeco-Persian world forever.
Written in close cooperation with the investigating archaeologists, anthropologists, and scientists, this book presents the revelations, mysteries and controversies in a charming, accessible style. Is this really the tomb of Philip II, Alexander’s father? And who was the warrior woman buried with weapons and armour beside him?
David Grant’s book is long overdue. It tells the definitive story of individuals involved in the discovery, exhumation, and analysis of the tomb of Philip II of Macedonia, the father of Alexander the Great, and one of the great generals of ancient Greece. Impressively researched, Grant weaves an adventurous tale set in what reads like a travelogue of Greek history and folklore that makes Unearthing the Family of Alexander the Great an important work for academics and anthropologists, but also for a wider audience, both for its important subject matter and excellent presentation. Highly recommended.- Richard A. Gabriel, author of Philip of Macedon: Greater Than Alexander
Ambitious in its scope and never shying away from controversy, this tells of the archaeological ‘find of the century’: the unearthing of the royal tombs housing the family of Alexander the Great. In a compelling intertwining of ancient history, modern science and Greek legend, Grant’s meticulous research reveals discoveries that enthralled and divided historians. His acquaintance with the researchers makes this a very personal odyssey into the brilliant forensics that have helped unlock the mysteries of the tombs.- Carol G. Thomas, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Washington
Captivating and deeply researched, the book illuminates the most recent archaeological discoveries in the lavish Royal Tombs of Macedonia. David Grant is the perfect guide to understanding how brilliant scientific and historical detective work has revealed so many ancient secrets of the illustrious family of Alexander the Great.- Adrienne Mayor, author of The Amazons and The Poison King -