Shrine may be to war­rior’s friend

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Greece

© PressReader. All rights reserved.