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This is what we must do so that we do not gain the reputation of Barbarians

 
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The ancient Russian community of Chersonesos near Sebastopol had been rebuilt upon, land that had been graverobbed, and looted of materials of value. However, the Countess and other Russian and world intellectuals lobbied the Czar for Royal Protection of the archeological site. Not unlike the dilemma faced by national and local government even today, the Czar protected the site which is the only reason we have this marvelous resource still as a rich laboratory today. However, the Czar like more modern political leaders acted not from an intellectual conviction of the value to the archeology or the “treasures” which might be found, but from the avoidance of world reputation as “barbarians.”
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Alexander III, 1845-1894, Czar of Russia, Directive he wrote in his own hand in the margin of a letter to him from the wife of a Russian archeologist, 1886

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Alexander III of Macedon, commonly known as Alexander the Great (Ancient Greek: Ἀλέξανδρος ὁ Μέγας, translit. Aléxandros ho Mégas), was a king (basileus) of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon[a] and a member of the Argead dynasty. He was born in Pella in 356 BC and succeeded his father Philip II to the throne at the age of 20. He spent most of his ruling years on an unprecedented military campaign through Asia and northeast Africa, and he created one of the largest empires of the ancient world by the age of thirty, stretching from Greece to northwestern India. He was undefeated in battle and is widely considered one of history's most successful military commanders.

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