Tuesday, July 23, 2013

St. Sisois mourns in front of Alexander the Great’s tomb

St. Sisoi’s icon (below) is to be found in the Monastery of Varlaam, Meteora (central Greece). It depicts a unique theme, whereby St. Siois is mourning in front of Alexander the Great’s tomb, the most famous Greek king ever to have lived.

St. Sisois the Great is a saint of the Orthodox Church. He was a famous ascetic, and was from Egypt. He lived in the dessert and later on the mountain, where St. Anthony died. St. Sisois lived during the 4th and 5th century and died in 429, after 62 years of ascetic life. We remember him on the 6th of July.

The fact that St. Sisois mourned in front of the tomb of this great king, shows that there is a tomb, which, for some unknown reason, is hard to find. Today, no one knows where this tomb lies; is it in Greece, is it in Egypt, Babylon, India…? The fact that St. Sisois saw the tomb most probably shows that the tomb of the Macedonian King is most probably in Egypt. 


  1. Very interesting piece of info. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Yes indeed. Glory to Christ the Saviour of us sinners and to those who love Him!
    Does anyone know more on topic? St Sisois was Great indeed! In order "to shine" one ough to humiliate himself. What an interesting and powerful artefact.

  3. Yes. Does anyone know more on the topic! What an interesting icon this is indeed. I was pleasantly surprised at the protogonistic idea of humbleness in Orthodox Christianity and Human thurst for fame. No offence to the Great King Alexander who was a Great Strategist indeed and very good thinker.