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08/07/2007 10:11 PM ID: 64077 Permalink   

Archaeologists Uncover Alexander the Great’s Gulf Outpost

 

A desert island governed by Kuwait which suffered from conflict and brief occupation by Saddam Hussein in the 1990s is gaining the attention of archaeologists and the Greek government who believe it was a Gulf outpost of Alexander the Great’s army.

French archaeologists already unearthed remains of a temple to Artemis (goddess of hunting) and found a few artifacts. Archaeologists hope to find a colony established by Nearchus, Alexander's general in the 4th Century BC, and will start in November.

The areas between Egypt and India have been documented as Alexander’s conquests, and some of the documented names reflect that. The island of Failaka is situated between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, allowing better growth for Alexander’s early globalization.

 
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I am so excited, anybody thinks his grave will be there?
 
  by: DarkAngelJG     08/07/2007 10:14 PM     
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Isnt he buried in Alexandria?

Obviously not
 
  by: GogeVandire   08/07/2007 10:19 PM     
  @goge  
 
according to historians he died in this area (west asia) and was brought to alexandria afterwards. Ptolomy (not sure about spelling, cleopatra's father or grandmfather) who was already hated by egyptians tried to get gold from his coffin to fix an economic problem and that pushed the people to hate and kill him as far as i remember. However, his body in honey and a second glass coffin has not been found yet although it was thought to have been dicovered recently but it was not alexander's coffin.
I know these stories but not sure bout the exact details.
 
  by: DarkAngelJG     08/07/2007 11:20 PM     
  Interesting links about Alexander  
   
  by: DarkAngelJG     08/07/2007 11:48 PM     
  @dark  
 
I think the Ptolomy who fathered cleopatra was a descendent of Alexander's Ptolomy. the name is actually quite common in ancient greek history.

Interesting fact: Alexanders little sisters name was Cleopatra and she never went to egypt.
 
  by: veya_victaous     08/10/2007 10:33 AM     
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ah, probably you are right.
I always mess up generations =S
although i did read that during cleopatra's childhood he was in a glass coffin so, it was her father or an ancestor who did it.
Maybe i am off point again with generations!
 
  by: DarkAngelJG     08/10/2007 01:33 PM     
  haha, cleo  
 
it is used by greek girls; it is hardly if ever used in egypt but more popular in greece!
 
  by: DarkAngelJG     08/13/2007 09:34 PM     
 
 
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