Definitions for ecbatanaɛkˈbæt n ə
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Ec•bat•a•naɛkˈbæt n ə(n.)
the ancient capital of Media: at the site of modern Hamadan in W Iran.
Category: Ancient History, Geography (places)
Ancient city in Iran on the site of modern Hamadan. The capital of Media and subsequently a royal residence of Persian and Parthian kings.
Origin: From Ecbatana, from Ἐκβάτανα.
Ecbatana is supposed to be the capital of Astyages, which was taken by the Persian emperor Cyrus the Great in the sixth year of Nabonidus. Under the Persian kings, Ecbatana, situated at the foot of Mount Alvand, became a summer residence. Later, it became the capital of the Parthian kings, at which time it became their main mint, producing drachm, tetradrachm, and assorted bronze denominations. It is also mentioned in the Hebrew Bible under the name Achmetha. In 330 BC, Ecbatana was the site of the murder of the Macedonian Greek general Parmenion by order of Alexander the Great.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the ancient capital of Media, situated near Mount Orontes (now Elvend); was surrounded by seven walls of different colours that increased in elevation towards the central citadel; was a summer residence of the Persian and Parthian kings. The modern town of Hamadan now occupies the site of it.
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