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 Dragiana/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, Afghanistan) - 329 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)

Monday, February 16, 2015

Traces of Alexander’s siege at Gaza?

It would be too good to be true, of course, but rumors have it that a military outpost recently excavated near Gaza may have been destroyed by Alexander the Great.

The news as announced in the Jewish Press is rather confusing as they talk about a Persian military site including a fortified town and a military tower dating from about 100-0 BC – far too late to tie it to Alexander. The tower with a partially surviving staircase, was built of limestone and mud bricks. Inside the warehouses, archaeologists discovered intact pottery and utensils, as well as jars for the storage of wine and oil.

Fact is that the military outpost was abandoned in a hurry, and that its occupants left everything behind. The place definitely was burnt down as archeologists found a layer of ashes.

Beside its military function, it is believed that the fort housed people who worked on the road connecting Ashkelon to Gaza.

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