Alexander The Making of a God True Story: Where is Siwa's 'real' oracle of Amun-Ra & what happened there?

Alexander: The Making of a God Season 1 showcases the rise of Alexander and his journey to become the King of Persia by defeating Darius III

Alexander The Making of a God True Story: Where is Siwa's 'real' oracle of Amun-Ra & what happened there? -

Alexander: The Making of a God on Netflix is turning out to be a major talking point among not only fans among social media but also among historians. While there is hardly any country that does not know the conquests and success of Alexander The Great, the Netflix docuseries Alexander: The Making of a God has again forced the fans to dive deep in the history. Directed by Hugh Ballantyne, Alexander: The Making of a God showcases the life and conquests of the Greek military commander & king who never lost any war in his lifespan. Alexander: The Making of a God Season 1 was released on Netflix on January 31, 2024 and ever since it has successfully made its way on the top spot of most watched series of the week. Alexander: The Making of a God Season 1 showcases the rise of Alexander and his journey to become the King of Persia by defeating Darius III. Since, you have landed on this page, True Scoop News assumes that you have already watched Alexander: The Making of a God on Netflix and are wondering about the 'rea' life Siwa Oasis which literally gave Alexander the title of a 'living god'. Below is everything you need to know about 'real-life' Siwa Oasis and the oracle of Amun-Ra- 



Where is real-life Siwa Oasis?

 

Alexander's docuseries showcase the Greek ruler had to do months of a desert safaree along with his companions to reach Siwa Oasis. Alexander's voyage to Siwa Oasis started after he became the Pharoh of Egypt and to win the people's faith, he decided to go on a spiritual tour to Siwa Oasis. The other reason why Alexander decided to go to Siwa Oasis is to certain the vision that was shown by her mother Olympus that he was the son of Zeus. Also, Alexander wanted to know his fate and what is coming to his way in the future. 

 

Now, coming to where is real-life Siwa Oasis. Siwa Oasis is an urban oasis in Egypt. It is situated between the Qattara Depression and the Great Sand Sea in the Western Desert, 50 kilometres east of the Egypt–Libya border and 560 kilometres (350 mi) from the Egyptian capital city of Cairo. 

 

During the days of Alexander, Siwa Oasis was famous in the ancient Egypt as the home to an oracle of Amun. Nowadays,  oracle of Amun's ruins are a popular tourist attraction, giving it the ancient name Oasis of Amun-Ra, after the major Egyptian deity.

 

What happened with Alexander The Great at Oasis of Amun-Ra?

 

While historians said that nobody known what actually happened with Alexander in Oasis of Amun-Ra, the Netflix has showcased it. Going by the Netflix series, a seer at Oasis of Amun-Ra showed Alexander a vision confirming that he was indeed the son of God. In the Egyptian culture, it was stated that Alexander was the son of Amun-Ra and hence when he returned to Egypt to conquer Persia, he was called the 'living God'.  The Greeks equated Amun with Zeus and called the god worshipped at Siwa Ammon-Zeus. 

alexander the great kneeling with high priest

(Alexander kneeling before high priest of Siwa by British Meuseum)

 

 After visiting the Oracle at Siwa, Alexander the Great was portrayed on coins with the horns of a ram coming from his head. This was a symbol of the god Zeus-Ammon and would have been understood as Alexander advertising his divinity.

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