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New book: Quest for the tomb


In 2004 the authorís first book The Lost Tomb of Alexander the Great was published to the accompaniment of international media attention, since it reported the first credible suggestion as to the current whereabouts of the long-vanished corpse of the illustrious conqueror. In the intervening years, direct progress on testing of the candidate remains has been thwarted by the Church authorities, yet much new information has emerged, casting the enigma in an ever more probing light. In this extensively updated and extended account, the tortuous meanderings of the evidence have been tracked with scrupulous care, thus teasing apart the tangled threads of erstwhile hidden history. In these pages the author lays bare the forgotten secrets of one of the greatest mysteries bequeathed to us by the ancient world. His new perspective will surely fascinate any reader with a sense of curiosity about the past.

It remains significantly possible that the fate of Alexanderís tomb will turn out to be the greatest archaeological story of the 21st century, for nobody has yet been able to refute the authorís novel suggestion that the body stolen from Alexandria in AD828 and now in Venice may have acquired a false identity at the time that paganism was outlawed by the Emperor of Rome in the 4th century AD.

In addition the authorís published academic articles on the subject of Alexanderís mysterious death and elusive tomb are reproduced here as a collection in Appendices to the main narrative. They originally appeared in Greece & Rome, the American Journal of Ancient History and the Ancient History Bulletin between 2002 and 2007.

Title: The Quest for the Tomb of Alexander the Great
Author: Andrew Michael Chugg
Pages: 324
Illustrations: 80 images
ISBN: 978-0-9556790-0-1



Dramatis Personae and Prologue



Introduction: Entombment and Apotheosis (click here to view PDF)



Death in Babylon XE "Babylon"



Funeral Games



The Capital of Memory



The Shrine of the Caesars



Vanished from History



The Mysteries of the Mosques



The Astronomerís Chart



Alexanderís City



Famous Alexandrian Mummies



The Sword in the Stone






Appendix A: The Journal of Alexander the Great



Appendix B: The Sarcophagus of Alexander the Great?



Appendix C: A Candidate for the First Tomb of Alexander



Appendix D: The Tomb of Alexander in Alexandria













The following images are a small sample from a total of over 80 images in the new book:

The Death of Alexander by Andrť Castaigne

End view of the Alexander Sarcophagus from Sidon Augustus Caesar venerates the mummy of Alexander in 30BC by Showmer Cleopatraís Needles and the Tower of the Romans in Alexandria in 1785 by L-F Cassas Courtyard of the Attarine Mosque in Alexandria in 1798 from the Description de líEgypte

Ancient columns outside the Attarine Mosque in Alexandria in 1785 by L-F Cassas

Map of Alexandria in 1785 by L-F Cassas Hellenistic funerary sculpture of a shield with a starburst motif discovered in the foundations of St Marks in Venice        


Sample Chapter

The following pdf reproduces a short introductory chapter (Chapter 1) from the new book: Questomb_Intro.pdf


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5.0 out of 5 starsAlexander the Great Would Love This Book, March 5, 2009


Thomas C. Clarie (New Hampshire, USA) - See all my reviews

As faculty emeritus at an American university several miles from Yale University, I have long had a keen interest in Alexander the Great. I purchased Chugg's Quest for the Tomb after seeing his highly impressive appearance on a nationally televised show in Fall 2008. I just finished this book deep into last night, and it did not want to leave my hands. The chief mystery in my mind? Why no major publisher like Oxford University Press or Penguin has jealously grabbed at acquiring this book. Chugg's work here is a highly clever, impressive performance that I loved. It must have taken the author a century to research his book; yet, he looked so boyish on television. The book will command your full attention -- no eating cookies or watching TV while reading. It is very well researched and documented. There are hundreds of footnotes along the bottoms of the pages, a 16-page index, and a 300-item bibliography. Yet in spite of his high scholarship, Chugg makes the book read like a fascinating, grandly presented detective study. Even St. Mark becomes a central part of the plot. I was going to just skim the book to fit in with what I already knew. Then why was I suddenly reading every word? Then why was I even reading all the footnotes? I am convinced that, in one of his previous incarnations, Chugg was standing next to Alexander's death-bed, and tenderly nudging Alexander's funeral carriage along to Egypt. 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. To the factual mix, Chugg adds 80 illustrations, some of them drawn by the author himself. Chugg does pen-and-ink beautifully, and, if there is some international award for Best Illustrations by an Author, he should get it. One of his goals is "to demonstrate that a detailed knowledge of Alexander's afterlife is integral to a proper appreciation of his impact on history." He does this with style and grace. Chugg's conclusions are important, because they dismiss experts that say there is no point looking for Alexander's tomb in these times. 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.


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