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The Lost Tomb of Alexander The Great Paperback – October 8, 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Periplus Publishing London Ltd; First Edition edition (October 8, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902699629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902699622
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,803,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Randy Cobb on September 2, 2009
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Anyone interested in Alexander the Great, Ptolemy, Alexandria or ancient history will find this book fascinating. The author has his own opinions but is objective about what may or may not have happened to Alexander's lost tomb, the Soma; this is surely one of the great mysteries of modern archeology, and a rather romantic mystery at that because it looks like it may never be resolved; the chances of finding the Soma, much less Alexander's remains, are remote at best. The tidbit about the (remote) possibility that Alexander's corpse may be buried in Saint Mark's Basilica in Venice is, alone, worth the price of admission.

Aside from being a great read the book is full of maps, prints, paintings and other visuals relevant to the text.

I found this book fascinating.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Diotima on May 28, 2009
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"The Lost Tomb of Alexander the Great" by Andrew Michael Chugg is full of beautiful photographs and maps with a highly informative text.

Although described as a "paperback" it is printed on high quality paper with the quires sewn together. The cover is flexible but bound to the book in the traditional manner.

Postscript (August 2013):

The author's subsequent books, however, are true paperbacks and apparently self-published with poor line drawings sourced from nineteenth century illustrations and a few of the author's own sketches.

The idea that the body of Alexander currently resides in Venice's San Marco is dismissed by at least one academic author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexanderphile on March 17, 2013
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Andrew Michael Chugg delivers page after page of highly interesting and well-researched writing. I simply cannot put his work down once I begin reading! His fine attention to historical detail that is evidence-based captures one's attention immediately. He is the quintessential scholarly tour-guide that takes one into the highlighted labyrinth of his historical quest into so many otherwise neglected aspects of Alexander's life and death. His researches on the trail of the lost tomb demonstrates the extent to which Alexander's persona and achievements remained so very much alive for so many years after his untimely demise, especially through the veneration and tribute paid to him through the "Sema/Soma" of Alexandria in Egypt. Congratulations to the author and I eagerly look forward to reading more of his work in future!
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Finally, a book that focuses on that most intriguing subject: just where was and is Alexander's tomb? Important book for lovers of Alexander.
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More About the Author

Andrew's researches and writings are largely focussed upon the career and exploits of Alexander the Great, both in life and in the context of his equally remarkable adventures in death, through the quest for his lost tomb. See also his websites at and for videos, photos, news and his huge collection of antique engravings and maps.

Andrew has been actively researching the history of Alexander's tomb since 1998, including visits to Alexandria and Saqqara in Egypt. He has had academic articles on the subject published in the classics journal Greece & Rome and in the American Journal of Ancient History and he is the author of The Lost Tomb of Alexander the Great, published in London by Periplus in November 2004. He has also written pieces on the hunt for the tomb for Minerva, History Today and other magazines. In September 2006 he addressed the Eroi conference in the University of Padua on the subject of Alexander's tomb. Various new theories on the locations and appearances of Alexander's several tombs have emerged from his work. In particular, Andrew's novel theory that the Alexandrians might have given Alexander's corpse a new identity as the remains of St Mark the Evangelist, when the emperor Theodosius outlawed paganism in AD391, attracted international press attention in 2004.

Andrew's latest book on the history of Alexander's adventures in the afterlife, The Quest for the tomb of Alexander the Great, appeared at the end of 2007. It incorporates significant extensions of his theories, including a chapter on a section of a sculptural relief from a Macedonian tomb of royal importance dating to about the 3rd century BC and found embedded in the foundations of the main apse of the Basilica di San Marco in Venice. This is a comment from an Amazon reviewer: "I just finished this book deep into last night, and it did not want to leave my hands... The book will command your full attention -- no eating cookies or watching TV while reading... Chugg makes the book read like a fascinating, grandly presented detective study... The author admits early in the work that his quest is 'to enthrall readers with fresh revelations.' He indeed does that, covering highly complex materials with confidence and ease... The author and his book will most certainly keep Alexandria and its Founder's tomb on the front page of newspapers for years to come."

Andrew has also appeared in National Geographic television documentaries on Alexander and his tomb, including Beyond the Movie: Alexander the Great in 2004 and Alexander's Lost Tomb in 2008, the latter being shot on location in Alexandria, Egypt (also broadcast on Channel 5 in the UK).

Andrew has also extensively researched Alexander's death with an article in Minerva in September 2004 and an academic paper on The Journal of Alexander the Great in the Ancient History Bulletin. In April 2006 he published a book on Alexander's Lovers, an examination of the king's personality through the mirror of the lives of the people with whom he pursued romantic relationships. One Amazon UK reviewer has written: "At first glance anyone interested in Alexander the great might dismiss this book as just another cash in on the Alexander legend presented with an irrelevant modern bias; that would be a mistake, as this is the most impressive and informative book on Alexander I have read in a long time."

Andrew's most recent project is an ambitious and far-reaching attempt to reconstruct the lost text of the most influential of all the ancient accounts of Alexander's career: the History Concerning Alexander by Cleitarchus of Alexandria. Andrew's painstaking detective work has unmasked Cleitarchus as the perpetrator of the most elaborate and potent account of Alexander the Great by progressively reconstructing his version of the king's campaigns. The new research shows that Cleitarchus penned his historical masterpiece in Alexandria around 280BC, nearly half a century after Alexander's death. It reveals for the first time that Cleitarchus wrote one book for each year of Alexander's reign, that he had a large pile of memoirs of Alexander's friends and officers before him as he worked and that he was influenced by the cynical philosophers to find wry and ironical angles on the monumental deeds of the king. In its scope and depth the new research amounts to an archaeology of the mind of Cleitarchus. To quote one Amazon UK reviewer: "The reconstruction itself is so brilliantly done, that the reader feels they are having the unique privilege of reading a primary ancient source on Alexander. It flows seamlessly and fizzes with all the action, drama and atmosphere that one could wish for and that Cleitarchus intended."

Andrew read Natural Sciences at Trinity College in the University of Cambridge in England, graduating with honours in 1985, and he is currently employed as a Technical Expert in Bristol, UK.

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