The Mystery of Alexander the Great's Tomb

TLDR The tomb of Alexander the Great has been a mystery for centuries, with conflicting reports and over 140 possible locations. While some believe it may be in Alexandria or Aigai, there is a theory that his remains may be in Venice, Italy, although no scientific testing has been done to confirm this.

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00:00 This episode explores the disappearance of Alexander the Great's body and tomb after his death.
02:25 Alexander the Great died unexpectedly at the age of 32 without a clear plan for succession, leaving behind a pregnant wife and a young son, and the empire ultimately fell to the strongest.
04:05 After Alexander the Great's death, his body was preserved by Egyptian embalmers and placed in a gold sarcophagus, but instead of being buried at the family burial site in Aigai, his body was intercepted by one of his generals, Ptolemy, who wanted to ensure his acceptance as the rightful heir to Alexander and the pharaoh of Egypt by building a grandiose tomb for him.
05:46 Ptolemy took Alexander's body and gold sarcophagus to Memphis, establishing the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt, and eventually moved Alexander's body to Alexandria where a special mausoleum was built for him, becoming the center of the cult of Alexander and the entire Ptolemaic dynasty.
07:26 The tomb of Alexander the Great was visited by Julius Caesar, Augustus, and several Roman emperors, but its existence became uncertain by the year 400, although there are conflicting reports from later centuries.
09:07 The tomb of Alexander the Great has been a mystery for centuries, with over 140 possible locations in Alexandria and conflicting claims that it may be in Aigai or Siwa, but historical reports of people seeing and touching his corpse in Alexandria make these claims unpersuasive, and the difficulty in finding the tomb may be due to the sinking of the city and the tsunami that hit in 356.
10:52 The theory that the final resting place of Alexander the Great is in Venice, Italy, suggests that his remains may be one of the two bodies found in the crypt of St. Mark's Cathedral, but no DNA or carbon-14 dating has been done to confirm this.
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