Unearthing the Family of Alexander the Great

The Remarkable Discovery of the Royal Tombs of Macedon

David Grant

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.
Date Published :
September 2019
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
20 color & 50 black and white illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781526763433
Pages : 360
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
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$42.95

Overview
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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 armor beside him?

About The Author
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David Grant has a masters degree in ancient history. He is responsible for a number of international patents stemming from ideas that set out to challenge the status quo in one way or another, life experience which gave him his academic tenets: always challenge accepted norms, the past is never dead, and believe what you read at your peril. Unsurprisingly, his first 917-page on Alexander the Great book set out to question and contest the 'standard model' of the Macedonian king. His controversial questioning and reconstruction of ancient events extends into this new book on the mysteries of the royal Macedonian tombs.

REVIEWS
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"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."

- Midwest Book Review

"...it should be considered part mystery and part drama...Unearthing the Family of Alexander the Great provides readers with a complete guide to the history of not only Alexander the Great’s family but also the discovery of their tombs."

- Petros Koutoupis

"Grant clearly has worked in close cooperation with the Greek archaeologists currently working at Vergina [...] it's a fascinating read and it provides an overview of the debate that had been sorely lacking until now."

- Peter Sommer Travels

"Captivating and deeply researched. 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

"Ambitious in its scope and never shying away from controversy [...] 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

"...long overdue... Impressively researched, Grant weaves an adventurous tale set in what reads like a travelogue of Greek history and folklore that makes The Tomb of the 13th God 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

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