Alexandria's founded by Alexander

Alexandria's founded by Alexander the Great (by year BC): 334 Alexandria in Troia (Turkey) - 333 Alexandria at Issus/Alexandrette (Iskenderun, Turkey) - 332 Alexandria of Caria/by the Latmos (Alinda, Turkey) - 331 Alexandria Mygdoniae - 331 Alexandria (Egypt) - 330 Alexandria in Areia (Herat, Afghanistan) - 330 Alexandria of the Prophthasia/in Drangiana/Phrada (Farah, Afghanistan) - 330 Alexandria in Arachosia (Kandahar, Afghanistan) - 330 Alexandria in Caucasus (Begram, Afghanistan) - 329 Alexandria of the Paropanisades (Ghazni, Afghanistan) - 329 Alexandria Eschate or Ultima (Khodjend, Tajikistan) - 329 Alexandria on the Oxus (Ai-Khanoum OR Termez, Afghanistan) - 328 Alexandria in Margiana (Merv, Turkmenistan) - 326 Alexandria Nicaea (on the Hydaspes, India) - 326 Alexandria Bucephala (on the Hydaspes, India) - 325 Alexandria Sogdia - 325 Alexandria Rambacia (Bela, Pakistan) - 325 Alexandria Oreitide - 325 Alexandria in Opiene (confluence of Indus & Acesines, India) - 325 Alexandria on the Indus - 325 Alexandria Xylinepolis (Patala, India) - 325 Alexandria in Carminia (Gulashkird, Iran) - 324 Alexandria-on-the-Tigris/Antiochia-in-Susiana/Charax (Spasinou Charax on the Tigris, Iraq) - ?Alexandria of Carmahle? (Kahnu)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Lycian Tomb found in Rhodiapolis, Turkey

The World Bulletin recently announced that a Lycian tomb complex was uncovered at the site of ancient Rhodiapolis, near Kumluca situated roughly between Finike and Antalya.

I like to keep up-to-date about sites that I visit, and Rhodiapolis has a very special place in my heart simply because of Opramoas of Rhodiapolis who was a well-known benefactor when the area was hit by a severe earthquake in 141 AD. All the details can be found in my previous article Finding Rhodiapolis from Finike.
[picture from the World Bulletin]
It is believed that archaeologists have found a Lycian cemetery complex dating around 300 BC that surrounded a larger necropolis in ancient times, and will serve as example for the elaborate style in Lycian Anatolia. Since members of the same family were buried on top of one another, the tombs needed to be expanded which meant in turn that extra levels had to be added. This explains the large two or three-story structures often made of brick and covered with arched roofs, which seem to be inspired by the Pisidians who lived north of Lycia.

Of course, this discovery is still in a very early stage and more excavations will be needed in the coming years, but sections of this site might be open to the public as from next year. Time to go back and have another look!

[Click here to see all the pictures of Rhodiapolis]

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