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September-October 2002, Volume 13, No. 5, pp. 33-36


"The Sarcophagus of Alexander the Great"



This article argues that the empty sarcophagus made for Nectanebo II, found in Alexandria by Napoleon and now in the British Museum, was used to accommodate Alexander's body by Ptolemy Soter when he entombed Alexander at the Serapeum in the necropolis of ancient Memphis in Egypt in 321BC.



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A review of this Minerva article appeared in the egyptology journal, KMT, Vol. 13, No. 4, Winter 2002-3, p. 11:


"The September-October 2002 issue of Minerva has a fascinating article (The Sarcophagus of Alexander the Great) by Andrew Chugg, on the sarcophagus inscribed for Nectanebo II found by Napoleon's expedition in a chapel in the Attarine Mosque in Alexandria and now in the British Museum. Chugg suggests that it may originally have been in a tomb intended for Nectanebo II at Sakkara (in or near his temple at the Serapeum) and that Ptolemy I may have taken it for the burial of Alexander, hoping thereby to link this last native Egyptian pharaoh with the Ptolemies."