Found the tomb of Queen Olympias – mother of Alexander the Great: Beautiful, talented woman but tragic ending

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A researcher claims to have identified the long-lost tomb of Olympias, mother of Alexander the Great. But other scholars cast doubt on the burial place of Alexander the Great’s mother.

Archaeologists first discovered the tomb in 1850, not far from the Greek archaeological site of Pydna. The tomb has been studied many times by archaeologists since then. Recently, Athanasios Bintas, an emeritus professor of Greek studies at Niš University in Serʙɪᴀ, inspected the mausoleum and now says it was used to bury Olympias queens.

Alexander the Great and his mother. Illustration

Made of stone, the mausoleum is 22 meters long and has many chambers. The design of the tomb has led archaeologists to date it to the late fourth to early third centuries BC. Since the mausoleum was robbed in ancient times, no bodies or belongings were found inside.

Alexander the Great conquered a vast empire that stretched from Macedonia to Afghanistan. After his death in 323 BC, his empire collapsed, with his generals and officials vying for control.

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In the midst of this chaos, Alexander the Great’s mother struggled to protect Alexander IV (Alexander the Great’s young son) and the boy’s mother was Roxane, one of Alexander’s wives.

An official named Cassander tried to gain power in Macedonia and managed to kill Alexander’s son and wife, according to ancient historical records.

A sketch of the location of the tomb of Alexander the Great’s mother.

The forces loyal to Queen Olympias were powerless to resist Cassander. Cassander then killed the empress dowager Olympias before murdering Alexander IV and Roxane in 309 BC.

Although historical sources say that Cassander did not allow Queen Olympias to be properly buried, Bintas insists that her remains are buried in this elaborate stone tomb.

Bintas said: “A dead queen was no longer dangerous to Cassander. The tomb may have been a more modest structure at the time of the burial; but in 288 BC when Olympias’ grandson Pyrrhus became King of Macedonia, he enlarged her tomb”.

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The large size of the tomb, its age, and its proximity to Pydna (where Olympias was defeated) all support the claim that it was Olympias’ tomb, Bintas said. Inscriptions found not far from the tomb contain lines that appear to refer to Olympias’ tomb, suggesting that it may have been nearby.

Five academics who were not involved with this study either doubted the claims or wanted more information about Bintas’ research before providing their opinions.

“It’s too early to say if this is the tomb of Olympias, especially the tomb of Olympias,” said Elizabeth Carney, a professor of human sciences at Clemson University, South Carolina, USA, who has conducted extensive research. on the basis of very little concrete evidence.”

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Ian Worthington, a professor of ancient history at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, doubts this is the tomb of Olympias. Ancient sources, Worthington noted, are clear that Cassander did not allow Olympias to be properly buried; and since Cassander feared rebellions, he would ban such a tomb that could be used to rally Cassander’s opponents.

By the time Cassander died in 297 BC, nearly 20 years had passed since Olympias’ death; Worthington said he doubted anyone would have gone to the trouble of building an elaborate mausoleum at the time.

Another scholar, Robin Lane Fox, an honorary fellow of classics at the University of Oxford, UK, is even more skeptical. “There’s no new evidence here,” Fox said.

A supporter of Bintas’ claim, Liana Souvaltzi found a grave in the 1990s at Siwa Oasis in Egypt that she believed belonged to Alexander the Great.

A researcher claims to have identified the long-lost tomb of Olympias, mother of Alexander the Great. But other scholars cast doubt on the burial place of Alexander the Great’s mother. Archaeologists first discovered the tomb in 1850, not far from the Greek archaeological site of Pydna. The tomb has been studied many times by archaeologists…

A researcher claims to have identified the long-lost tomb of Olympias, mother of Alexander the Great. But other scholars cast doubt on the burial place of Alexander the Great’s mother. Archaeologists first discovered the tomb in 1850, not far from the Greek archaeological site of Pydna. The tomb has been studied many times by archaeologists…