Weird Wills - Alexander the Great's disregarded will

Weird Wills - Alexander the Great's disregarded will

Weird Wills – Alexander the Great’s disregarded will

by | Weird Wills

When we think of individuals who changed the world, Alexander the Great must surely come to mind.  Possibly history’s most successful military leaders, he was undefeated in battle.  He built a massive empire stretching from Macedonia and Greece in Europe, to Persia, Egypt and even parts of northern India.  He achieved all this before his untimely death aged 32.

There is little historical data available from his era telling us how he died and his intention for his empire.  According to one account from the Roman era, Alexander died leaving his kingdom ‘to the strongest’ or ‘most worthy’ of his generals.  But historians now believe that his 2,000 year old will has been located.  A London based expert, David Grant, claims it was in plain sight all along.

The long-dismissed last will divulges Alexander’s plans for the future of the Greek-Persian empire he ruled.  It also reveals his burial wishes and discloses the beneficiaries to his vast fortune and power.

Evidence for the lost will can be found in an ancient manuscript known as the ‘Alexander Romance’, a book of fables covering Alexander’s mythical exploits.  Likely compiled during the century after Alexander’s death, the fables contain invaluable historical fragments about Alexander’s campaigns in the Persian Empire.

Historians have long believed that the last chapter of the Romance housed a political pamphlet that contained Alexander’s will, but until now have dismissed it as a work of early fiction.The comprehensive study concludes that the will was based upon the genuine article, though it was skewed for political effect.

Mr Grant’s new book, ‘In Search of the Lost Testament of Alexander the Great’ is the result of a ten year project intended to unravel the mystery and political spin around Alexander’s death.  He believes that Alexander’s original will was suppressed by his most powerful generals, because it named his then unborn half-Asian son Alexander IV and elder son Heracles as his successors.  Rather than accepting the leadership of what the Macedonians saw as ‘half-breed’ sons, which would have been ‘unthinkable’, they fought each other for power in a bloody period of infighting and civil war known as the ‘Successor Wars’.  If Mr Grant is correct his finding overturns 2,000 years of academic study on the issue.

If you have written your will, to avoid civil war, it is strongly advised that you store it securely and tell your loved ones and executors where it is.  You can keep it safely with your other personal, private documentation or register it with a professional will storage service.  Wherever you store the will, be sure that someone knows the location of this vital document.

 

 

 

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