Burial sites in Vergina, Greece, connect with Macedonian royalty

Burial sites in Vergina, Greece, connect with Macedonian royalty


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Five burials found in the city of Vergina, in northern Greece, belonged to members of the Macedonian Anti-Patrid Dynasty or even his own King Cassander of Macedon, as reported by Angeliki Kottaridi during a conference given last Thursday at the University of Thessaloniki.

Cassander I he was the successor of Alexander the Great in Macedonia and there he established the Antipatrid dynasty. Before the death of the emperor in 323 BC, he divided his extensive empire among his trusted generals, such as Antipater, the father of Cassander. But death befell the general years before, in 319 BC, for which he left in his will that one of his companions succeed him. However, the new regent did not seem to have good leadership skills and Cassandro took over from his father through intrigues and a coup.

Cassander was famous for his hostility towards the memory of Alexander the Great, and for that reason it changed the name of the city of Therma by the one of Thessalonica.

The burials explored by Kottadiri's team add to a total of 20 from the Macedonian dynasty discovered to date in the area, dating from the 6th century BC. C until the early Hellenistic epoch, from IV to III a. C.

The five tombs are in very good condition, as well as its rich ceramics and wall decoration, in which episodes from Homeric literature are represented. Likewise, evidence of funeral pyres has been preserved.

Romantic, in the artistic sense of the word. In my adolescence both family and friends reminded me over and over that I was an inveterate humanist, as I spent time doing what perhaps others not so much, believing myself to be Bécquer, immersed in my own artistic fantasies, in books and movies, constantly wanting to travel and explore the world, admired for my historical past and for the wonderful productions of the human being. That is why I decided to study History and combine it with Art History, because it seemed to me the most appropriate way to carry out the skills and passions that characterize me: reading, writing, traveling, researching, knowing, making known, educating. Disclosure is another of my motivations, because I understand that there is no word that has real value if it is not because it has been transmitted effectively. And with this, I am determined that everything I do in my life has an educational purpose.


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