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Harvard Study: Amphipolis Tomb Belongs to Laomedon
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June Samaras
2014-10-03 01:20:30 UTC
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Harvard Study: Amphipolis Tomb Belongs to Laomedon

Ioanna Zikakou - Oct 2, 2014


The vast hype surrounding the newly-excavated Amphipolis tomb has academics
scrambling to their Greek histories in search of all possible candidates
who could be resting within the tomb’s sealed third chamber.

But perhaps that mystery was solved over 70 years ago. A 1941 research
paper sponsored by Harvard University – “The Lion Monument of Amphipolis” –
casts an intriguing new theory about the occupant of the Casta Hill tomb.

The paper focuses on the lion of Amphipolis, an iconic sculpture discovered
near the ancient city. It describes in great detail the lion’s significance
and historical background.

According to the study, Amphipolis was likely the spot where Laomedon,
general and close comrade of Alexander the Great, was buried. The Harvard
document bolsters current theories that whoever is buried within the Casta
Hill had a close connection with Alexander the Great.

Historically-speaking, the name “Laomedon” first appears in Greek mythology
about Troy. It was the name of a king who, so legend goes, was killed by
Hercules after breaking a promise.

Laomedon of Mytilene – the man who may rest within the Amphipolis tomb –
worked as a language interpreter and sentry during Alexander’s Asian
campaigns.

According to the historian Diogenes Laertius, Laomedon had originally been
banished by Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. He returned to
Macedonia after Alexander took the throne.

Following Alexander’s death, Laomedon governed a minor province in Syria.
During the internecine wars that broke up Alexander’s empire, Laomedon was
captured by Nicanor. Later he escaped to Caria; some historians insist
that, while in Caria, Alcetas offered him the city of Amphipolis. The
connection would make Laomedon a plausible occupant of the massive
Hellenistic-era tumulus.

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Diana Wright
2014-10-03 02:46:38 UTC
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Photographs released today of a partial door found in the tomb show it
bears a striking resemblance to Roman doors in the Istanbul Museum.
Palagia's comparisons of caryatids, not to mention the extraordinary
"Ionian" capitals, demonstrates a close parallel with Roman caryatids.
The Macedonians did not do caryatids.

There is tremendous political pressure for this to be found a 4th C
structure. It is in Macedonia. Ergo, it is Macedonian.

If they read a little farther in their histories, they might notice that
Augustus had his camp for Philippi at Amphipolis.

DW
Post by June Samaras
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Harvard Study: Amphipolis Tomb Belongs to Laomedon
Ioanna Zikakou - Oct 2, 2014
The vast hype surrounding the newly-excavated Amphipolis tomb has academics
scrambling to their Greek histories in search of all possible candidates
who could be resting within the tomb’s sealed third chamber.
But perhaps that mystery was solved over 70 years ago. A 1941 research
paper sponsored by Harvard University – “The Lion Monument of Amphipolis” –
casts an intriguing new theory about the occupant of the Casta Hill tomb.
The paper focuses on the lion of Amphipolis, an iconic sculpture discovered
near the ancient city. It describes in great detail the lion’s significance
and historical background.
According to the study, Amphipolis was likely the spot where Laomedon,
general and close comrade of Alexander the Great, was buried. The Harvard
document bolsters current theories that whoever is buried within the Casta
Hill had a close connection with Alexander the Great.
Historically-speaking, the name “Laomedon” first appears in Greek mythology
about Troy. It was the name of a king who, so legend goes, was killed by
Hercules after breaking a promise.
Laomedon of Mytilene – the man who may rest within the Amphipolis tomb –
worked as a language interpreter and sentry during Alexander’s Asian
campaigns.
According to the historian Diogenes Laertius, Laomedon had originally been
banished by Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. He returned to
Macedonia after Alexander took the throne.
Following Alexander’s death, Laomedon governed a minor province in Syria.
During the internecine wars that broke up Alexander’s empire, Laomedon was
captured by Nicanor. Later he escaped to Caria; some historians insist
that, while in Caria, Alcetas offered him the city of Amphipolis. The
connection would make Laomedon a plausible occupant of the massive
Hellenistic-era tumulus.
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/10/02/harvard-study-amphipolis-tomb-belongs-to-laomedon/#sthash.lY2OAqqM.dpuf
Lampros F. Kallenos
2014-10-03 10:37:31 UTC
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This 1941 Harvard study is most probably the following:

Oscar BRONEER, The Lion Monument at Amphipolis.
Pp. xvii. + 76, with plates
Published for the American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Harvard University Press: Cambridge 1941

http://www.worldcat.org/title/lion-monument-at-amphipolis/oclc/248643132/editions?referer=di&editionsView=true



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