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May 26, 2016

Time crumbles things

"Archaeologists at Ancient Stagira, Central Macedonia, say they have found Aristotle’s tomb."

Aristotle was born in Stagira in 384 BC and died in Chalcis, Evia, at 322 BC. The great philosopher was originally believed to have been buried at Chalcis, however, archaeologists are now certain that the tomb they have found belongs to Aristotle. Two literary sources indicate that the people of Stagira may have transferred his ashes to his birthplace.

Reason: "I don't have all the facts, but just making an educated guess here."

We know the following: 1.) Someone important was buried there during the Classical Period; 2.) This person was very important to the (comparatively) small city of Stagira; 3.) The panoramic views and centrality offered by the location suggest a purpose that transcends a common resting place; 4.) This person was important enough to the Christian Byzantines to continue to honor the person memorialized there; 5.) An Arabic manuscript (which has apparently nothing to gain by suggesting Aristotle's ashes were moved to his birthplace) describes an above-ground resting place that jives with the locale and multipurpose functionality of the structure.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 26, 2016 12:53 PM