Wall Block Inscribed with the Name of Alexander the Great

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 29 May 2016
Wall Block Inscribed with the Name of Alexander the Great

This marble wall block came from the temple of Athena Polias at Priene and is inscribed with the name of Alexander the Great. Around 340 BCE, the inhabitants of Priene were laying out their new city, terraced onto the slope of Mt. Mykale. In 334 BCE, when Alexander reached Priene, the new temple of Athena Polias, goddess of the city, was still under construction. Alexander left funds for the completion of the building, which was designed by the architect Pythos, one of the architects of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. In return, Alexander's name was inscribed on the anta of the temple. The inscription may be translated as "King Alexander dedicated the temple of Athena Polias". From Priene, Asia Minor. Circa 334-330 BCE. (The British Museum, London)


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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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Amin, O. S. M. (2016, May 29). Wall Block Inscribed with the Name of Alexander the Great. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/image/5069/

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Wall Block Inscribed with the Name of Alexander the Great." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified May 29, 2016. https://www.ancient.eu/image/5069/.

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Wall Block Inscribed with the Name of Alexander the Great." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 29 May 2016. Web. 25 May 2019.

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