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 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 Oreitide - 325 Alexandria in Opiene / Alexandria on the Indus (confluence of Indus & Acesines, India) - 325 Alexandria Rambacia (Bela, Pakistan) - 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)

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Treat yourself to a trip in Alexander's Footsteps

What better way to celebrate Alexander's birthday than to take a trip in his footsteps? Peter Sommer, with whom I travelled on several occasions including the full size tour In Alexander's Footsteps he organized back in 2007, now offers an intimate insight into the conquests of Alexander the Great in Asia Minor, meaning modern Turkey.

For me, actually seeing the places this Macedonian king conquered, crossing the same landscapes and walking over the same marble paved floors was truly a unique experience - something any admirer should do once in a lifetime. There is no way to better understanding the complexity of Alexander's campaigns, the logistics involved and the impact his conquests left on both the antique world and our modern world than walking in his footsteps.

By making a Search for Peter Sommer on my blog, you will automatically find references to my travel experiences with him over the years. Enjoy! 

For 2019, Peter Sommer is proposing just that and this is how he describes this unique opportunity: 

In The Footsteps Of Alexander The Great: The Conquest Of Asia Minor 

– Part One

Let us take you on a journey – really. This isn’t a hackneyed metaphor: join us on a trip that will place you in the dramatic footsteps of one of the most remarkable and mythologised rulers and characters of the ancient world, Alexander. See the extraordinary sites that set him on the path to being a world conqueror.

It’s one of the ancient world’s most pivotal periods, with a shattering impact from the Mediterranean to the Indus valley as a world that had endured for centuries was overturned from its most troublesome fringe. This story, so far-reaching in its historical effect, is all bound up with the overpowering ambition of a young king from a power that barely existed a generation before, and here we see him as he takes on the mightiest and most respected kingdom in the known world. On this fantastic tour, we take you through a region filled with extraordinary ancient sites in a stunningly beautiful landscape, a region that’s been at the core of our expertise since we began. Turkey.
Turkey’s rapidly rising popularity as a destination isn’t hard to understand: filled with superb remains from layer upon layer of history, of a quality and profusion unequalled anywhere else, yet less well-known than many they excel. This is a marvellous place for the committed cultural traveller. From the famed city of Troy, now equipped with a brand new museum, to the opulence and sheer scale of the Roman monumental city of Ephesus, to mighty Crusader Halicarnassus, there is absolutely something here for you.

But get in touch soon. The trip is already half full… 

29th Apr - 10th May 2019

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