Alexander the Great Last Will Discovered in Armenian Manuscript

London-based expert discovers Alexander the Great’s last will written in an ancient Armenian manuscript (Image: SWNS)

London-based expert discovers Alexander the Great’s last will written in an ancient Armenian manuscript (Image: SWNS)

LONDON, United Kingdom (Daily Mail)The fabled last will and testament of Alexander the Great may have finally been discovered more than 2,000 years after his death.

A London-based expert claims to have unearthed the Macedonian king’s dying wishes in an ancient Armenian text that has been ‘hiding in plain sight’ for centuries, The Daily Mail reports.

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.

But a ten-year research project undertaken by Alexander expert David Grant suggests otherwise.

The comprehensive study concludes that the will was based upon the genuine article, though it was skewed for political effect.

The revelation is detailed in Mr Grant’s new book, ‘In Search of the Lost Testament of Alexander the Great.’

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’.

It was in the decades following Alexander’s death that Mr Grant now believes the original will was secretly rewritten and distributed in leaflet form by one of the competing generals to ‘prove’ the legitimacy of his own inheritance, as well as to damn the generals opposing him.


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  1. State of Emergency said:

    ‘hiding in plain sight’ for centuries,… where exactly is this so-called plain sight??

    The finding is more like 2,400 years after his death. He died in 323 BC. Getting facts straight is always a plus when claiming a controversial theory.

  2. Edward Demiraiakian said:

    The Western world of until recently, dark ages, has much to learn from Armenian scholarship. However, because of its disdain for eastern cultures, the world ignores or even edits anything Armenian. So much was lost, yet so much has survived. It is imperative that old Armenian books and manuscripts surviving in Turkey, be saved.

    • joe said:

      I agree and I am convinced it is by purposeful design. they want Armenian intelligent competition and history kept in check at all cost. We do have enemies working hard behind the scenes against us. I am convinced of it.

  3. boghos jermag said:

    It can’t be in modern Armenian script seeing how modern Armenian script originated in 404 AD and Alexander the Great died in 323 BC.

  4. Lilu said:

    Boghos Jermag But who said it’s in modern Armenian script? It clearly says: “in an ancient Armenian text that has been ‘hiding in plain sight’ for centuries.”