Hecatompylos

Ancient city, western Khorāsān, Iran.

For a time the capital of the kingdom of Parthia, it was located at the southern foot of the eastern Elburz Mountains. It was a Seleucid military outpost с 300 BC. By с 200 BC it was the Iranian Arsacid capital. Known to have been on the Silk Road between the Middle East and China, it may have been located between the Iranian cities of Dāmghān and Shāhrūd, but its precise site has not been established.

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▪ ancient city, Iran
      ancient Parthian city in western Khurasan and capital of the Iranian Arsacid dynasty. It might have already fallen into decline when the Seleucids revived it as a military outpost about 300 BC. By about 200 BC it was the Arsacid capital and is mentioned as such by Pliny, Strabo, and Ptolemy. Hecatompylos lay on the Silk Road trade route between the Near East and China. Although it is thought to have been built at a location now between the Iranian cities, Dāmghān and Shāhrūd, its precise site has not been established.

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