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)

els f on November 21, 2012

impressive old place, like!

dževad hadžihasanovi… on November 21, 2012

Very nice photo and explanation. Although I have visited most of Greece unfortunately I am not visited this old place. Like. Greetings, Dževad.

Łukasz Malinowski on November 21, 2012

Bardzo ciekawe ruiny. LIKE!

Pantelis65 on November 21, 2012

Πολύ όμορφη λήψη. Αρέσει χαιρετισμούς, Παντελής.

Christos Theodorou on November 21, 2012

els f

dževad hadžihasanovic

malina270

Pantelis65


Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly greetings from Athens / Merci pour votre visite et le commentaire - Amitiés d’ Athènes / Ευχαριστώ θερμά για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο. Πολλούς χαιρετισμούς

ANGEL, EL ALFA III on November 21, 2012

Interesante lugar. Like. Saludos desde Madrid, España

Christos Theodorou on November 21, 2012

ANGEL, EL ALFA III - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly greetings from Athens

Cumizebica on November 22, 2012

Very nice archaeological place ! I like it !

Best wishes

Slavisa

Dino Menichini on November 22, 2012

Beautifully Composed Photo

Like it Greeting

47 αρεσει... εξαιρετικη και αυτη

Thanasis Germanos on November 22, 2012

Ενδιαφέρουσα φωτογραφία. Αρέσει Χαιρετίσματα Θανάσης

<Naklaj21> on November 22, 2012

very interesting place & nice capture!

Thank you for information.

L+F

Best Regards , Naklaj21 : )

Christos Theodorou on November 22, 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.

KWO Tsoumenis on November 22, 2012

Έφθασες κι εδώ?

Kάποτε πέρασα ξώφαλτσα...

Πάρα πολύ καλή εικόνα, Χρήστο!

LIKE5O :-)

borzoskata on November 22, 2012

Pompás!

Üdv:Kata

Christos Theodorou on November 22, 2012

KWO Tsoumenis

borzoskata


Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly greetings from Athens / Ευχαριστώ θερμά για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο. Πολλούς χαιρετισμούς

Francisco “Francisco… on November 22, 2012

Interesting ruins and shot . LIKE

Best greetings and good evening.

Francisco

Voar Alto on November 22, 2012

Great capture.LK: Greetings,Eduardo.

Christos Theodorou on November 22, 2012

FranciscoGC

Voar Alto


Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly greetings from Athens / Merci pour votre visite et le commentaire - Amitiés d’ Athènes

Panozzo 64 on November 23, 2012

Very interesting description and good photo as well!!

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Ciao Claudio

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