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Alexander the Great's Lost Tomb
Ruins of Kom el Dikka in Alexandria, Egypt

Ruins of Kom el Dikka in Alexandria, Egypt

(c)2008 National Geographic

In 332 BC, Alexander the Great spent six months in Egypt, and during that time he conquered the country, had himself named pharaoh and started the Ptolemaic dynasty.

That was rather an amazing feat, really, except, of course, that probably explains why he was called "the Great". One disadvantage to being so important to so many societies is that people tend to want to hang on to your body, especially if you drop dead too early.

If I have one criticism about this video, it's that there isn't a lot of discussion about what is clearly a controversial issue. Each place thought to have been at least briefly Alexander's Tomb is presented in fair detail; but there isn't a lot of argument among scholars about the likelihood of any. But, what can you do in an hour?

Websites

Alexander the Great's Lost Tomb, Official page on National Geographic, November 2008, includes video and more images.

Select Books

Chugg, Andrew. 2007. The Quest for the Tomb of Alexander the Great. Lulu.com

Heckel, Waldemar. and Lawrence A. Tritle. 2009. Alexander the Great: A New History. Blackwell

Saunders, Nicholas J. 2006. Alexander's Tomb: The Two Thousand Year Obsession to Find the Lost Conqueror. Basic Books.

Stoneman, Richard. 2008. Alexander the Great: A Life in Legend. Yale University Press.

Alexander the Great's Lost Tomb will premiere on Friday, November 21, 2008, on the National Geographic Channel. Check local listings.

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