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From Heracles to Alexander the Great: Treasures from the Royal Capital of Macedon, an Hellenic Kingdom in the Age of Democracy

From Heracles to Alexander the Great: Treasures from the Royal Capital of Macedon, an Hellenic Kingdom in the Age of Democracy

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By (author) Angeliki Kottaridi, By (author) et al.

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  • Publisher: Ashmolean Museum
  • Format: Paperback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 216mm x 278mm x 24mm | 1,361g
  • Publication date: 16 July 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 1854442546
  • ISBN 13: 9781854442543
  • Illustrations note: 600 col
  • Sales rank: 403,801

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Excavations in the late 1970s in the modern village of Vergina revealed a series of spectacular royal tombs; one identified as belonging to Philip II and the others to members of Alexander the Great's immediate family. Remarkably preserved with much of their exceptionally rich contents intact, these burials take us on a journey back from the time of Alexander (d.323 BC) through classical and archaic times to the early years of the first millennium BC. The finds do not simply tell us of the wealth and social status of the deceased: they also reveal much of the ritual surrounding death. Apart from some items from this burial, exhibited in New York in 2006, and some spectacular items from the tomb of Philip, none of these new finds have been seen by the public in or outside Greece. The extraordinary discoveries will be shown for the first time at the Ashmolean Museum.

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Dr Angeliki Kottaridi studied archaeology with Professor Manolis Andronikos at the University of Thessaloniki. He discovered the tombs of the Macedonian royal family near their palace at Aegae (modern Vergina) in the 1970s. Dr Kottaridi has devoted her career to the excavation and display of ancient Aegae, developing a spectacular museum within the royal tumulus, of which she is now Director. Recently she has excavated a Macedonian fort on the island of Failaka in the Persian Gulf. She is now directing a major programme of restoration of the royal palace at Aegae, funded by the European Union. She has been honoured in Greece for her contribution to archaeology.

Table of contents

Essays, maps and site pictures: A History of Macedonia; Royalty and Democracy: the case of Macedon; The legend of Macedon Objects and the themes in the exhibition: The Macedonians in the late bronze age; War and hunting: the world of the Macedonian king and his companions; Burial customs and beliefs in the royal Necropolis of Aegae; Queens, princesses and high priestesses: the role of women at the Macedonian Court; Aegae, the Macedonian Metropolis; The royal presence in the sanctuary of Eukleia; The palace of Aegae; The royal banquet, a capital institution; Macedonian metallurgy: an expression of royalty; Trade and exchange at the Macedonian court; The coinage of the Macedonian kings. Comparative Roman material: Pella and the cities' foundation by Philip II; Painting at the Macedonian court; The Roman heritage of Aegae.