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Grave of Aristotle found in his birthplace in Northern Greece

The grave of famous Greek philosopher of the Antique, Aristotle, has been reportedly found in the ancient city of Stagira, now Olympiada in Chalkidiki in Northern Greece. According to archeologist Kostas Sismanides, there are “very strong indications which lead to certainty” that the grave belonged to the famous philosopher and scientist of the Greek Antique.

The revelation of the grave fidning has been made today Thursday during a congress in Thessaloniki to celebrate 2,400 years after Aristotle’s birth.

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   Aristotle’s grave said to contain the ashes of the great philosopher

Archeologist Kostas Sismanides has devoted 25 years in excavations and research in the area and now brought to light evidence that the grave belongs to Aristotle. Already in 1996 Sismanides had come to the conclusion that the grave in Stagira belonged to Aristotle but keep his excavation and research until he could fully document his findings.

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The grave is inside a complex of divergent buildings dated form the Archaic period over the Byzantine and modern times. The location is on the slope of the northern tip of Stagira.

Apart from the buildings remainings and walls, there are numerous findings ” of good quality, unpainted or painted pottery, which is represented by shells, plates, goblets [and other small items.] More than 50 coins with Alexander the Third, cut in Amphipolis and Thessaloniki as well as cons of his descendants.”

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According to findings and research, “an altar was in the middle of the building where Aristotle’s grave was found.”

Aristotle’s was born in 384 BC and died in 322 BC. Citing Middle Age scripts based on ancient sources, Sismanides notes:

“When Aristotle died in Chalkida, in October 322 BC, the people of Stagiara brought his ashes back to the place where he was born. They put the ashes in a bronze urn and placed the urn in a place they called ‘Aristotelian.Every time they had to solve important issues and difficult problems they used to convene the assembly in this Aristotelian place.” (Exclusive story and pictures Sto Kokkino”)

According to latest information by state broadcaster ERT, Sismanides who is currently holding a press conference has said that “there were strong indications the grave belonged to Aristotles.”

At the age of eighteen, Aristotles joined Plato’s Academy in Athens and remained there until the age of thirty-seven ( 347 BC). His writings cover many subjects – including physics, biology, zoology, metaphysics, logic, ethics, aesthetics, poetry, theater, music, rhetoric, linguistics, politics and government – and constitute the first comprehensive system of Western philosophy. Shortly after Plato died, Aristotle left Athens and, at the request of Philip of Macedon, tutored Alexander the Great starting from 343 BC.] According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, “Aristotle was the first genuine scientist in history … [and] every scientist is in his debt.”

Following Plato’s death, Aristotle immersed himself in empirical studies and shifted from Platonism to empiricism. He believed all peoples’ concepts and all of their knowledge was ultimately based on perception. Aristotle’s views on natural sciences represent the groundwork underlying many of his works – more on Wikipedia.

PS Don’t ask me what happened with the alleged grave of Alexander the Great or his pal Hephaestion or his mother Olympias in the still mysterious tomb of Amphipolis. The project went under most probably due to the very wrong handling of publicity from the side of those responsible as well as the ambitions of ex PM Samaras to show results before the excavation concluded.

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One comment

  1. If we could only find the tomb of Democracy now…my guess is we should start looking in the Brussels or Berlin areas.