Ancient Pella, birthplace of Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.)

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The city of Pella was founded by Archelaus I (413-399 BC) or Amyntas III to become the new capital of the Macedonian state instead of Aiges (Vergina). Pella remained the capital until the overthrow of the Macedonian state by the Romans, who transferred the looted treasures at Rome. Later the town was destroyed by an earthquake and then rebuilt.

The oldest reference we have for Pella is by Herodotus in describing the Persian campaign and by Thucydides in the description of the Macedonian expansion and the war against Sitalkis, king of the Thracians. According to Xenophon, in the beginning of the 4th century BC was the largest city in Makedonia. The town has attracted famous artists of the era, such as the painter Zefxis, the poet Timotheus of Miletus and Euripides, who died there writing his tragedy Archelaus. After the violent death of Archelaus the development of the rule was interrupted. The major work was continued after a few decades by Philip II (360-336 BC).

(translated from Wikipedia by C. Theodorou)

The street plan of Pella is one of the finest among the ancient Greek cities, agora-centered, while the hudge palace, from which very few survive, lies at the foot of the hill.

At the new nuseum of Pella (built at 2009) there are a lot of beautiful mosaics (most of them from the hellenistic period) and findings during the excavations

(text by C. Theodorou)

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Comments (154)

Lucien Kivit on November 20, 2012

Very interesting archeological site. Very well captured impression, LIKE 13, regards from Belgium, Lucien

Christos Theodorou on November 20, 2012

Lucien Kivit - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly greetings from Athens

Πολύ ωραία εικόνα, όμορφα χρώματα! Αρέσει!

Christos Theodorou on November 20, 2012

varkos - Ευχαριστώ θερμά για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο. Πολλούς χαιρετισμούς

senmax on November 20, 2012

Very nice photo. Like.

Christos Theodorou on November 20, 2012

senmax - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly greetings from Athens

dziwnowik on November 21, 2012

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Nyx Ning on November 21, 2012


pembo VIEWS? - NEVER… on November 21, 2012

A very interesting photo and place - L18!

Kind regards, pembo from Kiel

IsabellaJ on November 21, 2012

LIKE 19 Wonderful picture and great info!

Bassam Jayousi on November 21, 2012

Very nice shot! Like

Greetings, Bassam

Ilie Olar on November 21, 2012

Very nice place! 2-21 Ysl!

Greetings from Romania, Ilie

Ela Vaida on November 21, 2012

Very interesting place, beautiful photo. LIKE !

Greetings, Ela.

- - - M.Balázs - - - on November 21, 2012

Wonderful Greece photo, like!!!

Best wishes from Hungary,


mustafa taşkın on November 21, 2012

Interesting place, fine detailed photo. Like.

RamónPS on November 21, 2012

Wonderful place and fine detailed photo.
I Like.
Greetings, Ramón

Rafl on November 21, 2012

ILIKE for old archeologie...rafl

Christos Theodorou on November 21, 2012

Many thanks to all of you for your recent visits and your kind comments. Friendly greetings from Athens - Christos / Je vous rémercie tous pour votre récentes visites et les commentaries. Amitiés d’ Athènes - Christos. / Muchas gracias a todos ustedes para sus recientes visitas y tus amables comentarios. Respecto desde Atenas – Christos / Molte grazie a tutti voi per le vostre visite ed i vostri commenti recenti gentili. Saluti da Atene – Christos / Vielen Dank an euch alle für Ihren letzten Besuche und Ihre Kommentare. Freundliche Grüße aus Athen – Christos / Ευχαριστώ θερμά όλους σας για τις πρόσφατες επισκέψεις και τα σχόλια σας. Χαιρετισμούς από Αθήνα - Χρήστος.

Henu Eins on November 21, 2012

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Farkas István on November 21, 2012

L I K E ! ! ! Kind regards,István.

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