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From Heracles to Alexander the Great

From Heracles to Alexander the Great

Treasures from the Royal Capital of Macedon, an Hellenic Kingdom in the Age of Democracy

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By (author) Angeliki Kottaridi


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  • The first publication of hundreds of archaeological objects from work in progress on the excavation and restoration of the palace of Philip II at Aegae
  • Most of these objects have never before been exhibited or published
  • Introduces a new understanding of royalty in Ancient Greek Macedonia
Full Description
Excavations in the late 1970s in the modern village of Vergina revealed a series of spectacular royal tombs; one identified as belonging to Philip II and the others to members of Alexander the Great’s immediate family. Remarkably preserved with much of their exceptionally rich contents intact, these burials take us on a journey back from the time of Alexander (d.323 BC) through classical and archaic times to the early years of the first millennium BC. The finds do not simply tell us of the wealth and social status of the deceased: they also reveal much of the ritual surrounding death. Apart from some items from this burial, exhibited in New York in 2006, and some spectacular items from the tomb of Philip, none of these new finds have been seen by the public in or outside Greece. The extraordinary discoveries will be shown for the first time at the Ashmolean Museum.
About the Author
Dr Angeliki Kottaridi discovered the tombs of the Macedonian royal family near their palace at Aegae (modern Vergina) in the 1970s. Honored in Greece for her contribution to archaeology, she is now director of a spectacular museum within the royal tumulus at Aegae and is directing a program of restoration there funded by the European Union. Recently, she excavated a Macedonian fort on the island of Failaka in the Persian Gulf.
Ashmolean Museum
18th Apr 2011
Paperback / softback
World excluding Australasia
283 mm x 225 mm
264 Pages
600 color
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