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Ecbatana


Ecbat’ana. Ezra 6:2, margin. In the apocryphal books Ecbatana is frequently mentioned. Two cities named Ecbatana seem to have existed in ancient times, one the capital of northern Media—the Media Atropatêné of Strabo—the other the metropolis of the larger and more important province known as Media Magna. The site of the former appears to be marked by the very curious ruins at Takht-i-Sule╠éman (lat. 36°28’, long. 47°9’); while that of the latter is occupied by Hamadan, which is one of the most important cities of modern Persia.