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:

Bob Bushell said...

Must have a sweet tooth.

Pat Hatt said...

The bees knees

Christine said...

Interesting

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Yuck. What a waste of good honey.

RO said...

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

Emmylou said...

With honey??? Does it preserve the body?

Marg said...

Well, that is a first.

Lois said...

Now that sounds like a sticky situation!

Al said...

Seems like a strange thing to do.

Martha said...

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

Fundy Blue said...

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!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

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.

Kay said...

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