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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is not hard to reconstruct the face of Alexander even with the information we have now. If you take all the pictures and sculptures together and try and meld them into one picture in your brain, it actually works and you get a fair idea of what he looked like. I don't know how they would do it using DNA. You would have to have surviving relatives or people who have identical DNA sequence fragments to those in Alexander's remains and you'd have to know exactly what those sequence fragments of DNA coded for, ie what features. And that kind of science is decades away yet!!

I agree with joanna that he left children behind because even the bible claims this: "His kingdom will not go to his descendants..." (Book of Daniel). Ergo, he would have descendants but they would never possess his kingdom, ie they would have no power and just be in the background. Everyday people; you could bump into them anywhere, anytime. Now that I think about it, I once met a handsome young man whose face strongly resembled Alexander's - he was a Zoroastrian from Iran. Wink He could have been a descendant! Or the next time you walk down the street and see a little boy dragging his mummy by the hand to a shop window to show her the amazing display of toy guns and plastic swords, that could be another living descendant! We just don't know, do we? Laughing Not to take the mickey, but it does make life a bit more magical. If we walked out our front doors in the morning thinking that the next person we came across could be a descendant of someone we admire deeply, that would change our whole attitude to the world; 'cause think how we'd then treat everybody...

Cynisca - I drink to the Legend of King Arthur! I knew there was something special about you lassie! Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 8:56 pm    Post subject: Alexander is buried in Australia.....? Reply with quote

I came across this just now....

Hunt for Alexander's tomb: Greece, Egypt, Persia, India, Broome

Posted Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:00pm AEDT
Updated Thu Mar 19, 2009 9:24pm AEDT
Still missing: Alexander the Great died in 323 BC.

Alexander the Great, whose tomb has been missing for nearly 2,000 years, could be buried in Broome in Western Australia, a Perth man says.

Macedonian-born Tim Tutungis told ABC Kimberley that he first heard the 'Broomer' from his old mate, Lou Batalis.

"We just got onto the subject of Alexander The Great's tomb, and he said, 'They'll never ever find it, no matter where they look, because Alexander the Great is buried in Broome, in Western Australia'," Mr Tutungis said.

"Approximately 50 years ago, some guy went into a cave in Broome and he saw some inscriptions in there and they looked like ancient Greek.

"He reported it to the government, then the government went and saw it and they confirmed there were some inscriptions there.

"They went to the Greek community and they asked the community, 'Is there anyone here who can read ancient Greek?'

"Naturally Louis Batalis put his hand up and said, 'Yes, I went to school in Egypt, I got educated, I can read it'. So they took him up there and he defined the inscriptions as saying, in ancient Greek, 'Alexander the Great'.

"The government did say to him at that time, 'You didn't see this, OK, this never happened'."

History's mystery

Alexander the Great died on June 11, 323 BC, probably from malaria, alcoholism or poisoning.

One traditionally accepted story says his body was placed in two gold caskets in a gold carriage. Another says his body was preserved in a clay jar filled with honey and that this was placed in a glass coffin.

Some historians say Alexander's general and friend, Ptolemy, stole the body and took it to Alexandria, while others say Roman Emperor Caligula looted the tomb and stole Alexander's breastplate.

According to some sources, Emperor Septimius Severus closed Alexander's tomb about 200 AD, and little is known of the body's whereabouts after that.

Mr Tutungis says he is 99 per cent convinced Mr Batalis told him the truth, because people "have looked everywhere" for Alexander's grave, to no avail.

He says his friend is a very old man now and has virtually lost his memory, and others who heard the story had dismissed it.

But he says Mr Batalis was "a man of substance" who was very educated, and the story stuck with him.

"I drew my own conclusion because the war of the Macedonians ended up in India and I assumed that some of the soldiers went back to Macedonia on foot," Mr Tutungis said.

"Some of the soldiers must have caught a ship. Why can't we say that Alexander did catch a ship; they lost their way in the treacherous ways up there.

"Look where India is, look where Broome is; a ship could easily get wrecked in Broome."

Mr Tutungis says a new documentary suggests that when the war ended, Alexander the Great ordered thousands of ships to built.

He takes that as further evidence to support his theory and has written to a detective from Scotland Yard who is looking for Alexander's grave.

"Nobody ever, ever suspected that Alexander could have died in Broome," he said.

It is not dated April 1st either.....Shocked

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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would Alexander have been buried in one of the tombs currently being excavated by Zahi Hawass on the outskirts of Alexandria. He believes that one of these contain the bodies of Cleopatra and Mark Anthony.
These tombs are said to date from the time of Ptolemy II Philadelphus, who is said to have moved Alexander from Memphis to Alexandria.
Even if he was there for a short time....
You never know....
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