Wednesday, March 6, 2019


ANTINOUS and Hadrian must have seen the Tomb of Alexander the Great during their visit to Alexandria in August and September of the year 130 AD.

The fabled tomb was the biggest tourist attraction in the city ... attracting Julius Caesar and Octavian (Augustus Caesar) and every other notable person in antiquity.

But the question facing us today is: Where is the location of Alexander's tomb?

Now Greek archaeologist Calliope Limneos-Papakosta has become the latest of a long series of experts ... 140 at last count ... who claim possibly to have found the Macedonian king's resting place ... beneath the royal enclosure of Alexandria.

In a new report published in the National Geographic, Papakosta explains how, after 14 years of work, she has found an early Hellenistic statue bearing every hallmark of Alexander the Great and the ruins of the ancient city's royal quarter.

"This is the first time the original foundations of Alexandria have been found," says Fredrik Hiebert, archaeologist in residence at the National Geographic Society. "It gave me goosebumps to see it."

And the site may yield one of archaeology’s biggest prizes ... the lost tomb of Alexander the Great.Over the years, Papakosta has become increasingly convinced that she’s closing in on Alexander’s lost tomb.

"For sure, it’s not easy to find it," she says. "But for sure, I am in the center of Alexandria in the royal quarter, and all these possibilities are in my favor." (Read the full article, which appeared in the National Geographic here.)

It was on 10 June 323 BC that Alexander the Great died at the palace of Nebuchadnezzar II in Babylon, according to the Babylonian astrological calendar.

His subjects wept and shaved their heads in mourning, some killed themselves, unable to imagine a world without their golden-haired leader.

Many theories have been put forth about the cause of death … poisoning … a decayed liver from alcohol excess … typhoid fever … malaria.

Egyptian and Chaldean embalmers who arrived on June 16 are said to have attested to Alexander's lifelike appearance. This was interpreted as a complication of typhoid fever, which causes a person to appear dead prior to death.

It was said to have taken two years to build an enormous funerary catafalque to convey the body from Babylon.

On its way back to Macedonia, the funerary cart with Alexander's body was met in Syria by one of Alexander's generals, the future ruler Ptolemy I Soter

In late 322 or early 321 BC Ptolemy diverted the body to Egypt where it was interred in Memphis, Egypt

In the late 4th or early 3rd Century BC Alexander's body was transferred from the Memphis tomb to Alexandria for reburial.

It was seen there by Julius Caesar and Cleopatra, Augustus and possibly Hadrian and Antinous.

At some point, however, the whereabouts of Alexander's body became unknown. 

In May 2014 Polish archaeologists claimed they found the LOST TOMB OF ALEXANDER in Alexandria. 

Later in 2014 Greek archaeologists made a similar claim to have found the Tomb of Alexander at AMPHIPOLIS, but they eventually said they had been wrong.

We, the modern priests of Antinous, praise the glorious warrior Alexander of Macedonia, and elevate him, and worship him as a God, an example of the greatness of homosexuality, and a heroic protector of the Divine Antinous.

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