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)

Saturday, January 3, 2015

News from Mieza

Mieza is known through Homer as one of the cities of lovely Emathia, but to me it the place where Alexander the Great received his education from nobody less than Aristotle himself.

Finally the ancient theatre of Mieza has undergone thorough works of restoration and conservation in order to present it in its original form to the visitor. New blocks of travertine marble have been added to blend in the remaining parts that have been cleaned, and the contours of the seating area and the scene have clearly been defined.

It is now ready to receive visitors. A new parking space with visitor’s entrance has been created since the theater will be used for small venues. The private land on which this theater stood has been expropriated by the State and the area has been fenced.

So next time you visit Aristotle’s “school”, don’t forget to stop at this wonderful theater which unfortunately did not exist in Alexander’s day for it was built in pure Hellenistic style during the second century BC. Its capacity is estimated to 1,500-2,000 people in antiquity and I wonder who many could be seated there today.

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