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Post Mortem

Ory Amitay

in From Alexander to Jesus

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780520266360
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948174 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520266360.003.0007
Post Mortem

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With Alexander the Great's death, many fates now hung in the balance: of empire, of immense fortunes, of personal careers and innumerable lives. And so did Alexander's myth. The theme of Alexander's special relationship with Herakles plays an important role in securing the continuation and acceptance of the king's myth after his death. In addition, the last plans and wishes of Alexander demonstrate yet another aspect which characterizes his mythology: the notion of dual paternity. Alexander originally meant to be entombed in Siwah, but Perdikkas, chief executor of his will, ordered that he be buried at Aigai, the old capital of Macedonia. On its way there, however, the magnificent procession which escorted his body was hijacked by Ptolemy and led to Egypt. The coffin rested for a while in Memphis before ultimately brought to Alexandria, where it was laid to rest in a grand tomb, befitting the grandeur of Alexander himself. This chapter looks at three other sucessors of Alexander: Eumenes of Kardia, Demetrios, and Seleukos.

Keywords: Alexander the Great; Herakles; myth; successors; dual paternity; Perdikkas; Ptolemy; Eumenes; Demetrios; Seleukos

Chapter.  8784 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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