One of the greatest military minds to ever exist within the annals of history is Alexander the Great. Under his rule, Alexander the Great conquered Asia Minor, the Levant, Syria, Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, and Persia. Even today, people are interested in knowing more about the great ruler as archaeologists excavate to find more information and clues about him. Earlier this year, the Inquisitr reported on a tomb that may hold the remains of one of Alexander the Great’s family members. It wasn’t until months later from that discovery that the remains of Philip II, Alexander the Great’s father, were discovered, which is just two hundred miles away from another burial site believed to hold the remains of Alexander the Great’s mother.
Now there are reports emerging that a skeleton was found in a tomb in Amphipolis in northern Greece. What is special about this skeleton is they may belong to Alexander the Great’s male lover!
According to an article by Discovery News, Katerina Peristeri led a group of archaeologists into a 10.6 by 5.1 foot limestone burial, which was found about 5.3 feet beneath the floor of the third chamber in a massive tomb site. Within the limestone grave, they unearthed remains of a wooden coffin along with iron and copper nails, bone and glass fragments. The nails and glass fragments are believed to be decorative elements of the coffin itself.
The Greek ministry of culture made a statement on how said fragments were found, suggesting that the tomb was looted, according to classical archaeologist Dorothy King.
“Parts of the skeleton were found scattered within and outside of the grave. Obviously, an anthropological investigation will be carried on the remains.”
Dorothy King also wrote in her blog that if the bone fragments are found to be male, they might belong to someone such as Hephaestion.
“The remains show that the sarcophagus was very elaborate and made of precious materials, as the sources say his funerary cortege was.”
RYOT followed up on the news, where they provide general history on Hephaestion. According to historical accounts, when Hephaestion died in 325 B.C., Alexander the Great shaved his head, had Hephaestion’s doctor killed, banned the playing of music, and commissioned what is likely the expensive grave the archaeologists just found. It would be eight months later that Alexander the Great would follow Hephaestion in death. It should also be noted that no contemporary source states that Alexander the Great and Hephaestion were lovers, though they may have had a physical relationship.
What do you think about the possibility of Alexander the Great’s male lover having been found? Do you find the archaeological discovery for scholars?
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