Why were Alexander the Great’s Body and Tomb So Important?

On the 11th June, 323 BC, Alexander the Great passed away. In his lifetime, he had conquered the superpower of the time and formed the greatest empire yet seen. His life is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating in history. Yet following his death, Alexander’s body became a continuing source of war, intrigue and mystery. His body and tomb were lost, yet the legend lives on and historians are still trying to uncover clues to their whereabouts. But how did this all come about? In this two-part documentary, we shall unravel the history surrounding Alexander’s tomb and attempt to answer this question. This is the story behind Alexander’s body and his tomb, of its importance for the Diadochi and the Ptolemies, for the Romans and the Christians.