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?
★★★★★ I found this book very fascinating and enlighteningAmazon Customer
★★★★★ A well-researched and fascinating bookAmazon Customer
Given my background in archaeology and my interest in 'ancient Greece’, I found this book to be fascinating. The author makes the history of the Vergina tombs understandable, without getting too technical. I appreciate firsthand information, not hearsay, and this book delivers. I have visited a few of the sites in the book but learned of more places worth a visit on my next trip. It was a quick, interesting and pleasurable read. It's a well-researched book for historians as well as an entertaining read for all.
★★★★★ Loved it!!! Fascinating new information!Amazon Customer
I found this book by David Grant incredibly interesting. I learned many new facts and research that I have not heard of before. The color photos give vivid detail and makes the images come alive. I had visited Vergina a couple of years ago, this book puts the entire tomb and their lives in focus. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in an absolutely fascinating story of the past and the dynamic research that brought about these finds.
★★★★★ A fascinating readAmazon Customer
What a great book. Just the right blend of history and knowledge presented about this fascinating process of discovery in a scholarly volume, yet it’s an entertaining read! A volume both for the academic as well as readers at large in this intriguing chapter of Ancient Greek history. A unique blend of the Alexander story with the back-story of those involved in the discovery and research process, a fascinating procedural read. Filled me with the urge to delve back into some of my Ancient Greek history books, or, even better, to revisit Greece. Highly recommended read. (Perhaps some savvy director or screen-writer should option the book for film rights.)
★★★★★ Fascinating, informative with an unexpected conspiracy theoryAmazon Customer
Grant tackles the difficult episodes of Alexander history head on, which I like. This new book is a more fluid read but every bit as controversial. Essential reading for anyone who like conspiracy theories and the ‘history behind the history’ as he puts it.
As referenced in 'further information' part of author article The Verging Tombs as featured byCurrent World Archaeology, issue 100
Reading with all the innate and iconoclastic dramatic flair of a well scripted novel, "Unearthing the Family of Alexander the Great: The Remarkable Discovery of the Royal Tombs of Macedon" is an extraordinary story of modern archaeology. Enhanced throughout with thematically relevant illustrations, and enhanced for academia with the inclusion of an informative Postscript, forty-two pages of Notes, a twelve page Bibliography, and an eighteen page Index, "Unearthing the Family of Alexander the Great" is especially and unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library History of Archaeology collections.Midwest Book Review
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Was the antechamber part of the original construction? If not, what association did the female found in the antechamber have to the male found in the main chamber? If the bones found in Tomb II did not belong to Philip II, then whose bones are they? Are they part of the Argead bloodline? Was Philip II buried in Tomb I instead? With his up-to-date research, David Grant touches on these very questions and helps to bring more clarity into this mysterious, yet exciting subject.Ancient Origins
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The stories of Ancient Greece reach a peak with the story of Alexander the Great and that of his conquest of the known world before an early death. The stories of his family are not well known and this excellent account provides a great deal of information from the remarkable discovery of the tombs of Macedon – Highly Recommended.Firetrench
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David Grant presents his evidence regarding the family of Alexander the Great in a clear and compelling way. Faultless ancient Greek history.Books Monthly
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 -
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’…By David Grant
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