Has the Tomb of the Great Philosopher Aristotle Been found?
The Greek archaeologist Costas Sismanidis, after 20 years of archaeological excavations in ancient Stageira of Halkidiki, birthplace of Aristotle, announced that his findings seem to point to Aristotle’s tomb.
The discovery was announced during the conference «Aristotle: 2400 years» which is currently taking place in Thessaloniki. According to Mr. Sismanidis, there is strong evidence that this is the tomb of the most important philosopher of Antiquity.
The arched edifice and the altar on a marble floor of the Hellenistic times, which were brought into light by excavation in 1996, are located between the archaic and the classical city, on the B.
As Mr. Sismanidis said to the Greek national TV station, ERT:
«We don’t have definitive proof, but there's very strong evidence. There's almost a dead certainty that the place where a horseshoe-shaped edifice was built is indeed the tomb of Aristotle. It's in a prominent place inside the city and near the Agora, it has a panoramic view towards all directions, the time of its construction at the beginning of the Hellenistic period coincides with the death of Aristotle, and its shape is very unusual for its era and location. The building was almost certainly a monument of some kind because its design makes it incompatible for other uses. It was built quickly, but with attention to quality, using second-hand material that had been worked previously. There is an altar on a squared floor, but its design is distinctly not that of a temple. All of this leads to the conclusion that the surviving arched edifice was the tomb and monument of Aristotle».