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According to a Greek archaeologist, Aristotle’s resting place has finally been discovered thanks to long excavations and two ancient manuscripts which helped pin down the 2,400-year-old tomb.
Greek archaeologists believe they have finally found the tomb of Aristotle, one of the most important Philosophers on the planet. The excavations which were carried out for over two decades in the ancient city of Stagira north of the birthplace of the philosopher have revealed what many believe is the resting place of the Philosopher.
During a conference held in Thessaloniki, Greece, commemorating the 2,400th anniversary of Aristotle’s birth, archaeologist Konstantinos Sismanidis, said while he had still “no proof but strong indications, as certain as one can be,” to support his claim.
According to Sismanidis, the findings from the 1996 excavations lead to the ultimate conclusion that the tomb belongs to Aristotle, who was born in Stagira in 384 BC and died in Chalcis, Evia, at 322 BC.
Many archaeologists believed that the philosopher was buried at Chalcis, but new reports indicate that the tomb found at Stagira belongs to Aristotle. Two ancient manuscripts suggest that the ancient people of Stagira transferred his ashes back to his birthplace.
“We had found the tomb,” said Sismanidis. “We’ve now also found the altar referred to in ancient texts, as well as the road leading to the tomb, which was very close to the city’s ancient marketplace within the city settlement.”
The Building where Aristotle’s tomb is believed to have been erected is located between a gallery dating back from the V century B.C. and a temple of Zeus dating back to the sixth century B.C., within the old city near the agora and a panoramic view. On the floor of the building, researchers discovered a rectangle of 1.30 by 1.70 metres, which corresponds to an altar.
Archaeologists concluded that this must be the final resting place of the great Philosopher after they studied two ancient texts: A translation of the biography of Aristotle into Arabic of the eleventh century B.C. and the manuscript No. 257 of the Marciana Library of Venice. Both ancient texts indicate that when Aristotle died in 322 BC in the city of Halkida (modern-day Chalkida) the people of Stagira moved the philosophers ashes in a copper urn and placed it in a mausoleum and next it, built an altar. — “all lead to the conclusion that the remains of the arched structure are part of what was once the tomb-shrine of Aristotle,” Mr. Sismanidis said.