Shrine may be to warrior’s friend
A huge tombin Amphipolis, northern Greece, where archaeologists have been seeking traces of Alexander the Great, was likely a monument for Hephaestion, a close companion of the ancient warrior, experts working at the site have revealed.
Chief archaeologist Katerina Peristeri confirmed late on Wednesday that the tomb dates to the final quarter of the 4th century BC, around the time of Alexander the Great’s death. She added that the friezes inside the tomb suggest it was a shrine to a hero. Michalis Lefantzis, an architect working at the site, said the tomb was likely designed on the orders of Alexander for Hephaestion. Peristeri and Lefantzis said they had found inscriptions with the word “parelavon” (received) and Hephaestion’s monogram.