Recently archaeologists have discovered human remains in the depths of a large Macedonian tomb. This discovery presents archaeologists with more questions than answers. Could this be the Tomb of Alexander the Great’s lover, Hepaestion?
In August, archaeologists had discovered an ancient ornate tomb of substantial size in the Amphipolis municipality in the northern part of Greece. Archaeologists have dated the construction of this structure to be around the 4th century B.C. Inside the Alexander the Great era burial site numerous artifacts and small decorative pieces as well as dazzling frescoes, a large mosaic and two marble figures of women have been cataloged.
Many factors are leaving archaeologists puzzled in the wake of the discovery of this three chambered tomb. The apparent time and effort that was placed into the craftsmanship of the unique crypt would not have been bestowed to a person who belonged to a modest social stance, but rather to a person who was held in high regard by the public eye, possibly a general or high-ranking government official. At this point in time archaeologists have not found any names or insignia that would reveal the identity of the man or woman who is the owner of the tomb. It is speculated that at one time the burial site may have held clues to the name of its occupant, but evidence shows that looting had occurred; subsequently resulting in the deceased anonymity.
A theory on the deceased’s true identity being proposed by classical archaeologist and avid blogger Dorothy King, states that if the bones are indeed from a male, the tomb may belong to Alexander the Great’s general, life long friend and alleged lover named Hepaestion.
Stories dictate that Alexander’s beloved Hepaestion had fallen ill and ran a high fever for several days. As the illness ran its course and drained the life from Hepaestion, Alexander was summoned to be by his side for his final hours. Tragically, Alexander arrived to his dearest loved one’s side too late, only to find him free of his mortal coil. Alexander was so distraught over the death of Hepaestion, he held the body of his lost love for hours, then ordered the execution of the doctor who treated his amore and banned music of any kind to be performed.
Under normal circumstances Macedonians would not have not preserved and transported the body of a person who had died abroad back to their native soil, it is noted that the common method for the circumstance was to either cremate or bury the deceased on site.
Dr. Michalis Tiverios, an archeologist from the University of Thessaloniki theorizes that the tomb is more likely to be the site of Nearchus, another general that was both a long time friend and held in high regard by Alexander the great.