שיחה:אייל מאיר - Alexander's Tomb and Alexandria
The Foundation of Alexandria
Arrian, Anabasis 3.1-2
Account on the Burial Complex
- Strabo visits the tomb himself - 17 c 794
- Diodorus visited the tomb and provides a discription - 18.26.3, 28.2-4
- Plutarch, Moralia 328E/On the Fortune of Alexnader 5 = Alexander founded more than seventy cities
- Suetonius, Augustus 17.3-18.1
"…and then [Augustus] went to Egypt by a roundabout way through Asia and Syria, laid siege to Alexandria, where Antony had taken refuge with Cleopatra, and soon took the city… About this time he had the sarcophagus and body of Alexander the Great brought forth from its shrine, and after gazing on it, showed his respect by placing upon it a golden crown and strewing it with flowers; and being then asked whether he wished to see the tomb of the Ptolemies as well, he replied, "My wish was to see a king, not corpses."
- Dio Cassius, Roman History 51.16.5
After this he viewed the body of Alexander and actually touched it, whereupon, it is said, a piece of the nose was broken off. But he declined to view the remains of the Ptolemies, though the Alexandrians were extremely eager to show them, remarking, "I wished to see a king, not corpses."
Alexander as Pharaoh
Alexander Romance alphe 1.34
Wilcken 11-117; Burstein 1991, 68-69