Writer believes he's solved ancient Greek mystery

Writer Believes He's Solved Ancient Greek Mystery
Writer Believes He's Solved Ancient Greek Mystery

As researchers struggle to find out who a puzzling Greek tomb belongs to, one writer believes he's solved the mystery.

In an article published in Greek Reporter, Andrew Chugg claims the tomb belongs to Alexander the Great's mother, Olympias.

He presents a strong argument: First, the tomb is said to date back to sometime between 325 and 300 BC, -- the time it's believed Olympias died in Amphipolis. The tomb is also in Amphipolis. That provides time and place.

Chugg goes further to describe how the sphinxes discovered in the Greek tomb match those found in other tombs of Macedonian royalty. The statues also appear to be Greek female effigies, leading Chugg to conclude the tomb belongs to a female.

Now, you could argue the crypt could belong to any Macedonian royal female, like Alexander the Great's wife, Roxane, but the effigies appear to be of a priestess of Dionysus, to whom Olympias was a known follower.

The excavation of the tomb is still ongoing; researchers haven't even entered the third chamber. Many hope the next room will hold more answers, but others speculate the chamber may be completely empty.

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