• Copious thanks for your attentive readership and your piquant comments during the seven months that this blog has been live in 2010.
• I’m an amazingly lucky writer—people have actually paid money to have me research and write about wildly oddball subjects. I’m doing an roundup of 2010 for those of you who might have missed some of the zippy episodes about Alexander the Great, his mellification or embalming in honey, and his amazing afterlife adventures. In this blogpost and the next on December 28, you’ll find the entire index of blogposts for the year 2010 by run date and title.
June 7 blogpost: Good medusa, bad medusa
June 9 blogpost: Maddening miracle ingredient BC
June 11 blogpost: Alex the Great bites the Big One in Babylon
June 14 blogpost: Late Great leader snubs cremation, chooses honey embalming
June 16 blogpost: Rivals turn rancid as kingly cadaver sweetens
June 18 blogpost: Grieving mom demands: Send me my son’s honeyed corpse!
June 22 blogpost: Funeral bling, Alex mementos fatten faltering economies
June 23 blogpost: Tragedy mars Alexander “babies on board” summit
June 25 blogpost: Did super-cool poison ambush Alexander?
June 28 blogpost : Mellified Alex: underway at long last
June 30 blogpost: Corpse-napping puts real damper on Alex funeral-fest
July 2 blogpost: Crocs devour troops, give easy win to rogue general
July 5 blogpost: Bees struggle to meet stinging demand for mellify-mania
July 7 blogpost: Second Memphis tomb welcomes dead but dapper Alex
July 9 blogpost: Rolling stone Alex comes to rest in town he founded
July 12 blogpost: Cash-strapped king liquidates Alexander’s assets
July 14 blogpost: Dictator junket to meet celebs, living and dead
July 16 blogpost: Nose job mars Imperial visit to Alexander shrine
July 19 blogpost: Five centuries after death, Alexander gets new birthday suit
July 21 blogpost: Body mystery: what happened to the rest of Alex the Great?
July 23 blogpost: They all wanted a piece of the golden legend
July 26 blogpost: Mellification—the sincerest form of flattery?
July 28 blogpost: The corpse that famously failed to putrefy: fact or fiction?
July 30 blogpost: 2,333 years after Alexander, honey makes a comeback
Aug. 4 blogpost: The sphinx knows—do you? Billboard for August
Aug 6 blogpost: Spartacus admits to gladiator showbiz trickery
Aug 10 blogpost: The need for vampires: a conversation with author Karen Essex
Aug 13 blogpost: “Happiness lives here:” Fascinated by the evil eye
Aug 17 blogpost: Lips and eyes to die for
Aug 21 blogpost: One-minute mystery from history
(ancient world wonder: the Colossus of Rhodes)
Aug 24 blogpost: Part 1, “Fresh Eye” interview with Adrienne Mayor: Arsenic for breakfast, venom for lunch
Aug 27 blogpost: Part 2, “Fresh Eye” interview with Adrienne Mayor and King Mithradates