Following archaeological excavations at the tomb of Korinos in northern Greece, Professor Emeritus Athanasios Bidas has confirmed that the tomb of King Philip’s wife and mother of Alexander the Great, Olympias, has been found.
Well-known archaeologist Liana Soulvatzi, who led the excavations in the Oasis of Sioua, where she claimed the tomb of Alexander the Great was found, agrees with the reasoning of the study, News from Pontos reported exclusively.
Writing about the archaeological find of the tomb of Alexander the Great’s mother, she said, among others:
“On December 8, 2019, Professor M. Athanasios Bidas made a very important announcement to Katerini Pieria regarding the tomb of Korinos belonging to Alexander’s mother, Olympias.
“The professor has scientifically supported his theory, also referring to the inscriptions.
“I have visited the tomb of Korinos in the past, at least three times, and I have visited all the Macedonian tombs that had been found all over Macedonia so far.
“I was impressed by the size of this tomb, from which we understand that it must have belonged to a grown-up.
“The tomb of Korinos, which is the only Macedonian banal that has been found, is a miniature of the tomb of Alexander.
“The fact that Pyrrhus [of Epirus] in 302 BC, after his dethronement by the Molossians who had been incited by Cassandra and took refuge in Egypt in the court of Ptolemy of Lagos, clearly gives us the answer that Pyrrhus had also visited the tomb of his cousin, Alexander the Great.
When Pontos News met the professor a few days ago in Katerini, the professor explained his reasoning on how he concluded that this was the tomb of Alexander the Great’s mother.
According to the archaeological finds he found during his archaeological excavations, the tomb of Olympias, mother of Alexander the Great, is in the tomb of Korinos.
Here is the most important part of his research:
“In the spring of 316 BC, after a dramatic siege of seven months in Pydna, Olympias, the wife of Philip II, surrendered to Cassandra, who judged her as an enemy of the fatherland in a mock trial and did not give her the right to testify.
“He then killed her and buried her far from the urban fabric of Pydna,
“Cassandra’s hatred for Alexander, the son of Olympias and all the heirs of the Argeads to the Macedonian throne, was well known. It was later proven that Cassandra contributed to their assassinations, either directly or indirectly.
“The most important tomb in the region, the Tomb of Korinos, is located in the larger archaeological site of ancient Pydna and is the largest Macedonian tomb found to date.
“Its size alone forces us to admit that it belonged to very important figures at the end of the 4th century BC. Olympias was assassinated in the spring of 316 BC.
“An important feature that confirms our final conclusions is that this is a female burial. We know that the women were buried with their heads in the east. In the funerary chamber of Olympia, to the east is the marble case on which the ossuary vase was placed.
“On the tomb, in a flat area of the plain, a huge earthworks was built with an excessive amount of earth which was transported for this purpose, which still exists to this day.
“Tombs of such dimensions were only erected for the burial of kings, prominent members of the royal family or polyandry.
“The size of Korinos’ tomb reinforces the idea that the occupant of the tomb was an extremely important figure.
“The length of the funeral complex under the tomb is 22 meters (for comparison, note that Philippe’s tomb in Aigai is 9.5 meters long). For what person could such a huge monument be built other than for the mother of Alexander the Great?
“An additional element which reinforces the idea that the deceased was an important person with qualities and the institutional role of an unusual person is the rare structural construction of the three-chambered tomb.
“What is the reason for building a monumental three-aisled tomb for an insignificant person?
Morphologically but of smaller dimensions, the tomb of Korinos is similar to the tomb excavated in the oasis of the oasis of Siwa in Egypt in Saint Zeus-Ammon by the archaeologist Liana Souvlatzi, which in her opinion is the tomb of ‘Alexander The Great.
“On the facade of the procession of the tomb, there are remains of construction, apparently of a temple intended for worship to honor the dead, because it is known that Olympias was worshiped as a goddess after her death.
“A catalytic confirmation that the tomb of Korinos houses the tomb of Olympias are the three epitaphs that have been discovered in the area.
They speak of the Aiakids, parents of Olympias, who apparently lived on the outskirts of Pydna and were therefore buried in the area.
“One of the three epitaphs specifically mentions the memorial of Neoptolemus, located in front of the tomb of Olympia. The wording of the epigram gives us the impression that a large, busy central road passed between the two tombs (the large tombs). “
The above are the conclusions of Professor Emeritus Athanasios Bidas, who claims to have discovered the tomb of Olympia, mother of Alexander the Great.
From December 2019 until today, he tried to persuade the competent authorities in Greece to accept his findings in order to present them with the information he has on the site.
All photos provided were donated by Prof. Bidas to Pontos News.
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