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Prove Ecbatan's Flood by Alexander
11 December 2006
(CAIS) -- An Iranian archaeologist has claimed that he found evidence
supporting claims that the Alexander of Macedon had flooded the ancient city of
Ecbatana (Hegmataneh or modern day Hamedan), as a means of breaking the city’s
defences, reported by the Persian service of ISNA.
"According to the legend, after Alexander of Macedon failed to capture of
the city of Hegmataneh, he sent a map of the city to the Aristotle seeking his
advice on how to overrun the city. Aristotle advised Alexander to build a dam
six kilometres from the city and then, after a year, break the dam and channel
the water toward the city. In this way the city can be captured", said
Aqakhani pointed out that the claim is supported by the presence of layers of
sand in the northern section of Hegmataneh hills. A thick sedimentary layer was
discovered during the 15th round of excavations in Hegmataneh hills which serves
as evidence that the city was indeed flooded before being captured.
historic Hegmataneh or Ecbatana hill is located in Hamedan and covers an area of
30 hectares. Hamedan, known as Hegmataneh in historic texts, was the capital of
the first Iranian dynastic Empire, the Medes. It later became one of the main
seats of their successors, the Achaemenid dynasty (550-330 BCE), though
Persepolis near Shiraz was considered the centre of the throne, but Ecbatana
considered a strategic place, which kept its' importance even during the
Parthian (248 BCE-224 CE) and Sassanid (224–651 CE) dynastic empires.
to historical accounts, it was in Ecbatana that Alexander's companion,
Hephaestion, fell sick and died. It is claimed that the Stone Lion of Hamedan
have been erected by Alexander (the Great), upon the death of his male-lover.
From/Source: Iran Daily
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