Amphipolis: Time for a Q&A

I'll try to get through most of the questions already posted, but to again avoid repeating the same points and answers ... post your questions below, I'll try to answer them tomorrow or the day after.


  1. Hi Dorothy,

    many thanks again for taking the time and initiative to answer questions and many thanks for lots of intriguing hints. One question is about the marbles within the chambers and the circular wall. Some parts are preserved fantastically (e.g. bases of caryatids, part of the tumulus wall) like they were built recently. The marbles on the third chamber, however, appear to be heavily corroded (dark color - e.g: http://www.yppo.gr/images/l_14963.jpg). Also, any idea what are all these colourations in the separating wall here: http://www.yppo.gr/images/l_14749.jpg ? Are all these environmental effects, and if so, why do they seem to have been restricted in certain parts of chambers?

    Thanks again in advance!

  2. Yay Q&A time!

    Is there to your knowledge any precedent with mosaics having circular marks on the centre similar to the the circular dirt patch in the Amphipolis mosaic? I don't think the mark is natural made(by water or anything else) and the mosaic picture has me thinking that there used to be some small structure there(diameter is about 0,80 meters), probably a small container/altar hosting a fire illuminating the room and the mosaic, just before the marble gates of the 3rd room.(?)


  3. Hi Dorothy,

    I asked in a previous blog entry about the inscriptions that were supposedly found and taken to the nearby museum. It seems nothing has been heard recently about that and I was wondering if you know anything.

  4. Hi Dorothy,
    I want to ask two things:
    1)Why the one horse at the mosaic has one blue eye????
    2)Have you seen an inscription or any evidence,that has not be announced and reveals the ''own'' of the tomb??
    3)Whats your opinion about the ''own'' of the tomb??
    Thanks a lot and sorry from my English.Three questions from a place in Greece,near Amfipolis...

  5. Hi Dorothy,

    Any thoughts on the following blog post comment from May 2013 found on the blog makedonia-alexandros.blogspot.com?

    AnonymousMay 16, 2013 at 3:55 AM
    400 blocks from around the Lion, belong to the peribolos (perimeter 500m) of the tomb. The blocks were orthostates, stepsis blocks and geisons for a very long circular wall and exactly the same blocks were found in situ at the peribolos. More than 30 from the rest 100 blocks around the Lion, belong to the basement of the statue, containing blocks with semicolumns semicapitals and...shields. This is the biggest macedonian tumulus ever found and the Lion (not Lionaise) is surely on the top of the tumulus, because all the 430 blocks of the perivolos and the statue basement have the same type and marble elaboration, the same architectural aspects and an entire system of geometrical analogies and an exceptional modulus (the height of the Statue). This same modulus is used also for the construction of the peribolos architecture and the main geometrical form of the tumulus in full analogy with the Lion and its basement. There are no clues about Roxane, the Lion and the marble Shields indicate a Man, propably a heroic warrior(s) of great importance. We cant surely talk about Roxane and Alexander D, as everybody talks so easily at the media all this time. Michaelis Lefantzis,The architect of the excavation



  6. Dorothy King (1975) is an American archaeologist and historian who lives and works in England. Described as someone who "breaks the mould of the dusty academic",[1] she is the author of a 2006 book on the Elgin Marbles defending the British retention of the Marbles against Greek claims,

    Η κυρία υπερασπίζεται τους Βρεττανούς στο να μείνουν τα Ελγίνια στην Αγγλία και εσείς της κάνετε ερωτ'ησεις. Μια ζωή ραγιάδες οι Ελληνες κρέμονται απο τα χείλη των ξένων.

  7. To Midas: I think you need to remove your goggles and start using your brain. If you want to insult people then this place is not for you.

  8. @DorothyKing... if I follow this logic evolving (according to the "hints") well, why this Alexander's cenotaph (or intended resting place) was decided to be built in Amphipolis and not in Aiges? How such an important monument, by size, if was built to be seen and admired, managed to escape the written sources (e.g. Parian Chronicle - the closest written source to Alexander's death, if my very limited Historic knowledge does not deceive me!)?

  9. Δημήτρη το ποιος προσβάλει ποιόν είναι ΦΑΝΕΡΟ. Η "κυρια" Δωροθέα βρίζει ΞΑΚΑΘΑΡΑ τους Ελληνες δηλαδή εμένα.

    Προφανώς και εσύ είσαι η μειονότητα που θέλει τα μάρμαρα να παραμείνουν στην Βρετανία (τα κλεμμένα υπενθυμίζω) ώστε τα Αγγλάκια να πουλάνε τα εισητήρια τους στους τουρίστες γιατί αν δεν υπήρχε Ελλάδα δεν θα υπήρχαν τα μουσεία τους (και του Βερολίνου).

    Επίσης μάλλον ανήκεις στην μειοψηφία που θεωρεί ότι το νέο μουσείο της Ακρόπολης είναι ένα χάλι.

    Ευγε και περαστικά σου.

  10. Κάτσε εσύ και γράφε εδώ γλύφωντας το αφεντικό σου μήπως σου πετάξει κανέναν κοκκαλάκι της "ψευδους" της ενημέρωσης να χαρείς.

    Τα Αγγλάκια θεωρούν τα Σκόπια "ΜΑΚΕΔΟΝΙΑ". Υποθέτω ότι και σε αυτό συμφωνείς μιας και προσβλήθηκες που αναφέρθηκα με ΣΤΟΙΧΕΙΑ στην "κυρία" Δωροθέα.


  11. To MIDAS: It seems you are a newcomer to the blog. Dorothy had the honesty to admit that her mind is completely changed about the returning of the marbles to the Acropolis Museum. Look for her posts about this issue.


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