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Old 27 February 2009, 01:50 AM
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Icon86 Was Alexander the Great preserved in honey?

I just heard on the TV that Alexander the Great was preserved in honey for 3 years while they transported his body back to Macedonia.
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Old 27 February 2009, 01:52 AM
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After his death in 323 B.C., Alexander the Great was embalmed in a coffin filled with honey.
http://cass.ucsd.edu/personal/ron/CV...ugs_96mar.html

There you go. That took me all of 2 seconds haha

How do you get them out of the honey? Does this mean that Alex's corpse is sticky lol?
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Old 27 February 2009, 12:33 PM
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Sounds like lore from old, I looked at the Wikipedia entry on Alexander. {I know, I know }. It suggests that Alexander's body or his sarcophagus was on display for a long time ala Lenin.

I find that pretty amazing and an endorsement of his reputation. If honey was used, perhaps it was replaced periodically, just as Lenin used to be taken out and touched up.

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Old 27 February 2009, 12:48 PM
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Honey is a desiccant. It sucks the mosture out of tissue and kills microbes. That's why it is used for preserving foods.

I don't know for sure if it was used for Alexander but if so, that's why.
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Old 27 February 2009, 02:28 PM
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Alexander's Burial

So far this is the only one I found that mentions it...
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It is well known that Alexander the Great died in Babylon in 323 b.C.. According to Herodotus, Strabo and Stobaeus the dead were n ot mummified nor cremated there, but buried enveloped in honey or wax. The same must have happened to the body of Alexander the Great (Will Durant, Th.Birth). Initially it was to be buried in Macedonia, but in 321 b.C. it was violently taken from Damascus to Egypt by Ptolemy I (Pausanias, Arrian, Aelianus). According to the most reliable sources it was buried in the sacred city of Memphis "in observance of the Macedonian custom that wanted the dead to be cremated".(Pausanias, Parion Chronicle, Curtius Rufus)
Basically the local custom was to envelope them in wax or honey but Macedonian custom was cremation which was apparently carried out in Memphis

basically there is no proof that he was and no proof that he wasn't since many of the books written by contemporaries of his time were lost
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Old 27 February 2009, 04:05 PM
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Honey is a desiccant. It sucks the mosture out of tissue and kills microbes. That's why it is used for preserving foods.

I don't know for sure if it was used for Alexander but if so, that's why.
So, wipe on, rub off? No need for an ongoing layer of sweetness?
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Old 27 February 2009, 04:44 PM
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I'm not sure. I'd think they would need to initally soak the body pretty throughly at first and eventually it would be as dry as it was going to get. His empire included Egypt so you'd think there would be someone on staff with embalming clues.
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Perhaps it wasn't anything to do with preserving him, they just thought it made him more delicious.
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Perhaps it wasn't anything to do with preserving him, they just thought it made him more delicious.
I just love it when you bite into a coffin and get to that sweet honey centre. I wish more people would be preserved in strawberry creme, though.
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Old 01 March 2009, 08:48 PM
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Perhaps it wasn't anything to do with preserving him, they just thought it made him more delicious.
Should have used aspic.
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Should have used aspic.
When you shake the coffin it looks like he's waving at you!

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