Amphipolis: Please Post More Questions Here ...

I really hugely appreciate the enthusiasm so many are expressing about Amphipolis, and the kind words so many of you have said about my little explanations.

But ... as much as I would like to answer everyone's emails and tweets individually, they are getting a just a little out of hand. I still have a huge back-log of emails on other subjects to answer ...

In order to keep the questions more manageable, could I possibly ask people to post them in the comments of this thread? I'll answer them as soon as I can!


  1. Hello Dorothy,

    Thank you again for your kind answers and patience.

    I believe to have understood that the architect of the grave - Dinocrates or another one - had realized a completely original building. Don’t You think that this originality, besides the gigantic size of the grave and the tumulus as well as the surprising harmonious proportions reported by Mister Lefantzis, also holds exogenous aesthetic and technical elements? Indeed, aren’t the sculptures of caryatids very subtly filled with references to India and to Egypt? The technique of filling of the successive anterooms with some sand as well as the small hidden door of the third chamber situated in the perpendicular of the axis of the previous ones aren’t inspired by the Egyptian architects, and particularly of a Mastaba plan?

  2. Dorothy:

    Would the sculptures been carved by local artists or where they created by teams of artists who moved around - say from Athens? Do we assume they were carved on the spot?

    When Alexander and his successors built their cities with Greek artists creating sculptures - where did they come from? Macedonia? Western Asia Minor? They must have ramped up fast to create so much. Maybe Alexander had artists in tow that went with him. What do we know?

    Do you think we will see more figures in the excavation? Did you see the stratification lines on the caryatids robes - what could that tell us? Flooding? Chemical reactions with layers of fill?

  3. Hi Dorothy,

    was any importance placed on where materials were taken from? I'm wondering about the sand coming from the Strymon and whether there'd be a symbolic reason to use that over soil from much closer to hand, or whether it would have been purely 'have some sand left over from building mound, might as well use it'.


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