The funeral carriage of Alexander the Great's body

The funeral carriage of Alexander the Great's body

Vasilis I.
On the 11th June, 323 BC, Alexander the Great passed away.He had conquered the superpower of the time and formed the greatest empire yet seen.Yet following his death, Alexander’s body became a continuing source of war, intrigue and mystery. So great was the quarrelling that Alexander’s body was left unattended for many days in the Babylonian heat.For the next two years Alexander’s body remained in Babylon, as Perdiccas and his followers oversaw the construction of an elaborate funeral carriage.Yet this was to be no ordinary hearse; upon its completion, it was unlike any other the world had seen.Desiring to emphasize Alexander as a man who now sat among the Gods, this carriage was designed to resemble a great temple. Not only did it have beautiful Ionic columns and many paintings depicting Alexander and his army,but gold covered the carriage. It was to be pulled by 64 mules, each of which bore a golden crown and bell.#Alexander_the_Great, #funeral_carriage, #ancient_Greece, #temple
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