Recent Claim to Find the Tomb of Alexander the Great’s Mother Has Left Scholars Doubtful

A recent finding has claimed to identify the tomb of Olympias, the mother of Alexander ‘the Great’. But a group of researchers is skeptical about the sudden finding and the claim of this specific long-lost tomb.

The Finding

The tomb was first discovered, though was not identified properly, in 1850, nearby Pydna, the Greek archaeological site related to the killing of Alexander the Great’s mother in 316 B.C. No bodies or grave goods were found inside, as the tomb was robbed during ancient times. Archaeologists have studied the tomb several times since then to achieve proper identification. The stone-made tomb is 72 ft. long containing multiple chambers. On the basis of its design, the archaeologists estimated the age of the tomb dated back to the late fourth to early third century B.C.

The Claim

Athanasios Bintas, emeritus professor of Greek studies at the University of Niš in Serbia, has recently examined the tomb again and he has claimed the tomb to be Olympias’s burial for sure. According to historical sources, after killing Olympias, Cassander, the successor of the Macedonian kingdom, didn’t allow a proper burial for her. But Bintas claims otherwise. According to him, Olympias was given a proper burial later in a modest tomb. After many years in 288 B.C., the new ruler of Macedonia, Pyrrhus, who was Olympias’ nephew, expanded her tomb in its excavated large size. The tomb’s size estimated age and proximity to Pydna, all support Bintas’s claim.

The Doubt

A group of scholars are highly skeptical about Bintas’s claim and want to have more specific evidence before supporting it fully. Being prominent among them, a professor of ancient history at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, Ian Worthington, argues that, Olympias was not allowed to have a proper burial in the first place and Cassander would not have changed his mind due to fear of rebellion. Also, as Olympias was originally from Epirus, it’s likely for anyone to give her the proper burial at her birthplace, not the place where she was murdered. He also explains that a large-sized tomb doesn’t always come from a noble family, anyone with enough wealth could manage it. So, the extraordinary claim over Olympias’s tomb still seems fogged under scholarly suspicions.

‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Might Make a Comeback at the SAG Awards

Curb Your Enthusiasm is back for another season, this time, it’s season 11. The HBO series returns after the fictional Larry David watched as his coffee store burned down and now, the new season is opening up with Larry discovering a burglar who had drowned in his pool thanks to him having improper fencing. Last year, the series didn’t get any Screen Actors Guild Awards, but the show might be making a comeback this year.

Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ with a Potential Comeback

Recent predictions regarding the SAG Awards is that Curb Your Enthusiasm is in the running for some nominations. It’s ranked amongst the Top 10 when it comes to Comedy Ensemble, and Larry David is also ranked in the Top 12 for Comedy Actor.

To make it into the Top 5 spots in each category, the series will have to overcome a few other hot series such as Only Murders in the Building, Hacks, and Ted Lasso. The actors that David has to beat include Martin Short, Jason Sudeikis, and Steve Martin.

Unlike most of the other series and competitors, Curb Your Enthusiasm has quite the track record at the SAG Awards. The series has had 6 nominations over the past 12 years, and it’s one of the shows that voters know well.

Curb In the SAG Awards

Scenes from Curb Your Enthusiasm's 11th season. Back in 2006, Curb Your Enthusiasm got its first SAG Awards nomination for ensemble and David when the show was in its 5th season. In 2010, both the show and David were nominated for SAG Awards regarding the show’s 7th season. Another breakthrough at the SAG Awards happened in 2018 for the show’s 9th season.

Even though for the 10th season, the show didn’t receive any nominations, the SAG Award voters are continuing to watch the series. This has been proved since the show has managed to make several comebacks in the past. Now, it’s likely that Curb Your Enthusiasm will be back with SAG Awards nominations for the 11th season.