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The tomb in Amphipolis through the eyes of GRReporter readers

25 September 2014 / 15:09:49  GRReporter
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The tomb in Amphipolis has provoked wide public interest worldwide and GRReporter readers are no exception. The series of articles that we published on the three language versions of the website enjoys great interest. In this context, we sought your opinion and asked you if the attention paid to the excavations is justified.

Traditionally, we start the analysis of the already closed poll with the results in the Bulgarian version. Its readers consider the location of the archaeological site as the main cause for the interest in the excavations at Amphipolis rather than their historical, scientific or cultural value. 47% of respondents are of the opinion that precisely the area of the excavations that has provoked a lot of debates in the Balkans is the cause for the great public and media interest. The second most popular answer, with 24%, is associated with the name of Alexander the Great and the assumption that the temple might be his tomb. Third, with 15%, ranks the answer that the strong interest is temporary and it will last until it becomes clear who was buried there. Then subsequently, the tomb will be forgotten. 10% of respondents are of the opinion that the excavations are used for political purposes and therefore the interest in them is not justified. Only 5% of the readers of the Bulgarian version say they have their own problems and the issue of the excavations does not concern them.  

The English version readers rank first the probability of the tomb being connected with Alexander the Great. If this is so and the deceased in Amphipolis is actually the legendary commander, then we will witness the revealing of one of the greatest historical mysteries, namely where Alexander the Great was buried. This option is preferred by 38% of the respondents. The answer that the interest in the tomb is territorial rather than archaeological comes next with 30% of the vote. 16% believe that the interest in the excavations will be great until the mystery of the tomb, namely who rests inside it, is revealed and will then sharply decline. Fourth with 12% of the vote ranks the preference of our readers who think that Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras takes political advantage of the discovery. Finally, again 5% of respondents believe that the issue is too insignificant and irrelevant to their daily lives.

Readers of our Greek version allocate their vote between only two options. Half of them give their preference for the regional and territorial nature of the apparent interest in the excavations. The other 50% goes to the temporary interest that will disappear once it becomes clear who lies inside the tomb.

The interest in our common past is great and, as mentioned at the beginning, it is apparent in our three language versions. We intend to meet the expectations of our readers and prepare a series of materials on the topic.

While you are awaiting the promised information, we suggest that you take part in our new poll, in which we seek your opinion on the Greek economy, the government debt and a possible third bailout to Greece.

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