Is it possible to be Cassandros with his sons Antipatros B and Alexander E and his wife Thessaloniki?Did Anpitaros have a newborn died ? (I do not remember the source but i think i've read thiw somewhere).I love speculations.
At this point anything is possible!Ancient sources are sometimes wrong - many modern books copy a mistake and say Emily not Emmeline Pankhurst for the suffragette ... and silence in source does not mean much either ...
The only woman of such an age reported to die at this period i think is Sisigampis. She is reported to have died 7 days after Alexander.The younger man was hit mostly around the Thorax area with hits on the thorax and clavicle, showing intention towards the heart....; MURDER (YAY!!!!!!!)Other than that i have a feeling for the Cassander family (10 brothers and sisters, to many to kill for )Possibly the newborn could be Hercules.
Sisygampis is a really interesting theory and difference in burial could be different Persian customs?A pregnancy could be reason for the murder of Stateira or Parysatis too ... unwanted heirs was the main reason for such infanticideBut Barsine's Hercules was older ... he did not come onto scene as 'son' of Alexander until Alexander IV's murder ... and probably died not long after so even if posthumous was in his teens not a newborn.
That is true about Hercules...If it is Sisigampis whom Alexander called mother, that could be a reason for such a grand monument. Also The burned fragments who are the first occupant could still be Hephaestion. The buffling story though is still the young murdered man. I have a feeling for Ioalaus but that would mean that there is no connection between a family tomb for Cassander and Sisigampys. Stateira and Parisatis were not over 60 yo. Maybe some Arhideus son (if it was a doughter then she would be kept alive)
Would such wounds be possible when wearing armor? If not, most likely the younger man was assassinated rather than killed in battle.
Arms and legs tended not to have as much armour - just grieves and armlets - but ... yes, the idea of going through armour to bone seems less likely to me. Also the cuts would have been wider and more bits of armour stuck in them ... very unlikely to be battle wounds based on what information was released
The young males are unusual in that they have not been cremated, which would have been the norm in the 4th/3rd century; I would guess at them being later intrusions (the neonate too). Phila, the daughter of Antipatros and wife to Balakros, Krateros and Demetrios poliorketes in succession would have been at least 60 when she committed suicide in 287 BC, the cremated male could be Demetrios, whose ashes Seleukos Nikator returned to Antigonos Gonatas. The scale of the monument points to royalty.Sisigambis' corpse would have no reason to have been taken to Macedonia, her fan had died in Babylon and one shudders to think how Olympias would have reacted to her Persian facsimile.
Sisigampis would go with her granddoughters back to Macedonia. There is nowhere for them to stay other than the court of Roxana. Sources though say she died of starvation upon Alexanders death (could have happened) 7 days after Alexanders death. Its her "sympethera' and she loved Roxana... why would she react to that?
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