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Ecbatana Definition

Ecbatana, one of the most ancient capitals of the world. Ecbatana is an ancient city on the site of which stands the today’s Hamedan, Iran. Ecbatana was the capital of Media. Situated at the foot of Mount Alvand, Ecbatana was the summer residence of the Achaemenid kings and one of the residences of the Parthian kings. Ecbatana is also mentioned in the Hebrew Bible under the name Achmetha.According to ancient Greek writers, the city was founded in about 678 B.C. by Deioces, who was the first king of the Medes. The Greek historian Herodotus described the city in the 5th century B.C. as being surrounded by seven concentric walls. Ecbatana was captured from the Median ruler Astyages by the Persian king Cyrus the Great. (Wikipedia) - Ecbatana
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Ecbatana Location Region Coordinates Type
Golden rhyton from Iran''s Achaemenid period, excavated at Ecbatana (Tell Hagmatana). Kept at National Museum of Iran.
Shown within Iran
Hamedan, Hamadan Province, Iran
Zagros Mountains
34°48′23″N 48°30′58″E / 34.80639°N 48.51611°E / 34.80639; 48.51611Coordinates: 34°48′23″N 48°30′58″E / 34.80639°N 48.51611°E / 34.80639; 48.51611
Underground excavations in Ecbatana (Tell Hagmatana)Excavations in Ecbatana (Tell Hagmatana)

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