Northern Greece mayor asks Athens for Alexander the Great statue

The mayor of Delta, in the northern region of Macedonia, has asked Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis to grant his municipality a bronze statue of Alexander the Great, which was purchased by the Culture Ministry in 1993 and given to City Hall but it has yet to go on public display, it emerged on Wednesday.

In a letter to Kaminis, Delta Mayor Mimis Fotopoulos appealed for the statue which, he said, would be “erected in Macedonia, in the land where [Alexander] was born, came of age and set out on a course which united Greece and the known world at the time.”

The move comes as the Culture Ministry prepares to announce details about the identity of human remains found at a huge burial mound in Amphipolis, northern Greece, which dates to around the time of Alexander’s death.