The new examinations of bones from the tombs at Vergina in Greece (ancient Aegae, the ancient Macedonian spiritual capital), including Tomb II which may have housed Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great, provide a backdrop to the book. Grant is fortunate to be in touch with Prof. Theodore Antikas on site and new permits for osteoarchaeological examinations and radiocarbon dating of cremains make this a particularly exciting time. Grant intends to add the latest discoveries to his book between now and its publication date.
The book description states that this is book “entertaining and engaging style that opens the subject to both scholars and the casual reader of history looking to learn more about the Macedonian king.” Not so very much I’d say. While it is very well written, I would not say that this literate and erudite work is for the casual reader of history. It is pretty dense, not as bad as some I’ve read certainly, but also not easily accessible.
The research that went into this book is both exhausting and deep. The author examines the various theories, stories and legends that make up the “history” of Alexander the Great. While he died at only thirty-three years of age, his reputation and history generated hundreds of thousands of pages of “research.” (I put that in quotes because some of the research was not exactly scientific or accurate.) And the cover of the book is absolutely gorgeous.
I want to thank Netgalley and Troubador Publishing Limited/Matador for forwarding to me a copy of this fine work of scholarship to me to read.
by Joyce Fox (NetGalley reviewer)
David Grant has a Masters Degree in classical studies and researched his current book over the past ten years. He has lived and worked around the world, he is responsible for a number of international patents and is currently based in London.
In Search Of The Lost Testament Of Alexander The Great is his first published book and is based upon a thesis he was encouraged to publish by its editor, a Greek scholar who now heads the osteoarchaeological examinations of the tombs at Vergina in Greece. David Grant is now based in London