Andrew Michael Chugg

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Andrew Michael Chugg read Natural Sciences at Trinity College in the University of Cambridge in the UK, graduating with honours. He is currently an Executive Technical Expert in EMC & Radiation Physics in Bristol, UK. However, he also pursues a parallel career as the author of papers on Alexander the Great published in ancient history and classics journals, such as Greece & Rome and the Ancient History Bulletin. He has appeared as an Alexander expert on BBC Radio, including the Radio 4 Today Program, and in several National Geographic TV documentaries, such as the Alexander’s Tomb episode of National Geographic’s Secrets of Egypt series and the Alexander the Great episode of National Geographic’s Mystery Files.


He has also written various books on Alexander including The Quest for the Tomb of Alexander the Great and Alexander’s Lovers and his research on the tomb and on Alexander’s death has been covered in many newspaper and magazine articles. He recently completed a project to reconstruct the highly influential account of Alexander’s reign by Cleitarchus, which was written in Alexandria in the second quarter of the third century BC, but which has been lost since the time of the Roman Empire. The entire reconstruction was published in a single 700-page volume in 2015.

Andrew is currently working on an account of the largest and most important tomb ever found in Greece in the Kasta Mound at Amphipolis and on a scientific analysis of the Pharos lighthouse in Alexandria, the Seventh Wonder of the ancient world. In September 2017 he presented a paper on Disease and the Death of Alexander the Great at the Disease in the Ancient World Symposium hosted by Green Templeton College in the University of Oxford. In 2018 he gave a lecture tour in Australia including Perth, Melbourne and Sydney on the topics of the Amphipolis Tomb and Alexander’s Tomb. Most recently (February 2020) he has published an analysis of the rarest of Alexander’s coins in the Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia.

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