Firstly welcome to new Greek readers, but ...
I have not spoken to any Greek press and there seems to be a little confusion regarding my views.
Yes, I'm the "idiot" who has been saying for most of this year and a good chunk of last year that I thought the only person the tomb could have been built for is Alexander the Great. Obviously it is lovely that people are coming around to the idea and not covering silly nonsense from Palagia and Chubb.
There is no way that Alexander was actually buried in the tomb at Amphipolis ever.
With no mosaic I do not in any way disagree with the archaeologists working at Amphipolis.
The figure on the left is Hermes, 100% for sure.
This figure seems to be Hades, and the work of the archaeologists clearing the area to the right will clarify that.
I was merely adding to their press release, and pointing out that the figure had some unusual features which led me to wonder if the god was represented as a portrait of Phillip II.
The can never be 100% certain, but I believe it is good to explore theories.
The beard is unusual after Phillip II's death, and beard went out of fashion when Alexander chose to not have one. A beard was used on gods though.
We tend to think of Greeks as shown in profile because of coins and vase paintings, but the mosaicist was clearly very talented and could depict Hermes face on. He chose not to do so with the bearded man, and it struck me that Phillip II seemed to obscure his damaged eye. This is just a theory - I am not the all-knowing god, and can be as wrong as every other human.
This is a photograph of the skull from Tomb II at Vergina showing the damage sustained in life to the right eye, and why it is most likely that Phillip II was buried there:
Obviously on coins Phillip II, like most rulers, was shown in profile. Although his right eye was the damaged one, showing the right profile was standard. Here he is shown wearing a wreath, not unlike the one in the mosaic:
Phillip was proud of his Olympic victory, and emphasised this by wearing the crown wreath. Although Hades could wear a wreath, this was more unusual.
Profile plus beard plus wreath could all be coincidences, but ... it was the fashion at the time to give images of gods human portraits and to portray human rulers as living gods. For Alexander and his team to have a little joke at the expense of a hated father is not out of the question.
The archaeologists at Amphipolis are brilliant, and I am sure they would have noticed the similarities to Phillip of the Hades figures - for now the Ministry of Culture is controlling brief press releases, but when they are allowed to release and publish everything they will be able to explain all these sorts of points.
Katerina Peristeri and Michaelis Lefantzis are very very good, and they are doing all the work at the site.
What I blog is merely an explanation of the press releases, elaborating on points.