Monday, January 21, 2019

Fact of the Day: Alexander the Great Coffin

After he died, Alexander the Great's body was preserved in a coffin filled with honey. 

13 comments:

  1. That's interesting. You always find really neat stuff! Hugs...RO

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  2. With honey??? Does it preserve the body?

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  3. Now that sounds like a sticky situation!

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  4. Seems like a strange thing to do.

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  5. I had no idea. How awful that perfectly good honey was wasted like that.

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  6. This made me really curious, Adam. I had no idea that honey was used for embalming. Apparently its extremely high sugar content sucks water out of bacteria and dries them to death. Honey also contains small amounts of hydrogen peroxide, an antiseptic. So honey was an effective embalming agent. Good thing, because I couldn't keep track of all the movements of Alexander's coffin after his death!

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  7. I wonder if milk was used in the process, too. Then it could be said that Alexander went to the land of milk and honey.

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  8. I wonder if all rich people had their bodies preserved in honey too.

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