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Apamea decumanus

Apamea decumanus


One of the highlights of any visit to Syria, Apamea rivals Palmyra in many ways - certainly the site was larger and its cardo-maximus longer. The city was founded by Seleucus Nicator, one of Alexander the Great’s generals in the 3rd century BC. The city was a center of elephant training and had stabling and pasture for around 40,000 horses. At its height in the second century AD, the city had a population of about 500,000.