2- My Kingdom for a Corpse

With Perdiccas getting too close to power for the liking of several major figures, it should hardly be a surprise that the First War of the Successors is about to begin. However, the tensions which have been building will not erupt over some grand territorial dispute or even the threat of an unwanted kingship. Instead, we’re going to witness an ancient Greek version of a body-snatching…

Sources for this episode: 1) Erskine, A. (2002), Life After Death: Alexandria and the Body of Alexander. Greece and Rome 49: 163- 179. 2) Marín, A. I. M. (2018), Death on the Nile: The murder of Perdiccas and the river crossing in Ancient Macedonia. Karanos 1: 87- 106. 3) Grainger, J. D., 2014, The Rise of the Seleukid Empire (323- 223 BCE), Seleukos I to Seleukos III. Barnsley: Pen & Sword Books Ltd. 4) In60Learning, 2019, The Seleucid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Hellenistic State (available on eBook).

A 19th century depiction of the tomb of Alexander the Great as it made its way west. By Unknown author – http://www.alexanderstomb.com/main/imageslibrary/alexander/index.htm, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=649351
An 1893 map of the city of Alexandria, the capital of Ptolemaic Egypt. By Otto Puchstein (1856-1911) – Paulys Realencyclopädie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft, Bd. I,1 (1893), Sp. 1379-1380, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14460255