Alexander's Tomb: The Two-thousand Year Obsession to Find the Lost Conquerer

Alexander's Tomb: The Two-thousand Year Obsession to Find the Lost Conquerer

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By (author) Nicholas J. Saunders

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  • Publisher: BASIC BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 231mm x 25mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 24 April 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0465072038
  • ISBN 13: 9780465072033
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,291,275

Product description

Combining cinematic drama and a sprawling historical narrative, this gripping history is the first book to document the search for the tomb of Alexander the Great. Alexander the Great is a towering figure in world history - his military genius and flamboyant personality have perhaps never been surpassed. But despite our long-held fascination with him, we have no idea where he is buried. The search for Alexander's tomb began soon after his untimely death in 323 B.C. and continues even today. The epic pursuit of the tomb spans continents and centuries, and involves some of history's most iconic figures. This is the story not of a brief and spectacular life, but of a momentous and unexplained death, multiple burials, and the seemingly never-ending quest for a man-god's final resting place. The journey ties together marvelous, seemingly disparate moments in history, from the Moslem invasion of Alexandria in 641 to Napoleon's great defeat in the Battle of the Nile. Nicholas Saunders gives us intriguing and fresh portraits of familiar figures like Napoleon, Julius Caesar, and Howard Carter. Bringing together thousands of years of speculation, as well as new questions about the ramifications of actually solving the puzzle, "Alexander's Tomb" is a fascinating look at one of archaeology's greatest mysteries.

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Author information

Nicholas J. Saunders is a lecturer in material culture in the Department of Anthropology at University College London. A regular commentator on British television and radio, he is a contributor to Nature, New Scientist, and the Times Higher Education Supplement. The author of several books, including People of the Jaguar and Animal Spirits, he lives in East Sussex.

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"Alexander's tomb has long been as powerful as an idea as it ever was as a place and (Nicholas Saunders') enjoyable book does justice to the continuing strength of that view." Sunday Times "A tantalising glimpse into the possibilities surrounding Alexander's Tomb." Publishing News"