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Media, Wall of
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The wall of Media (Μηδίας τεῖχος, Mēdías teîchos) is only mentioned with this designation by Xenophon in his Anábasis, initially just in passing in connection with a defensive ditch at the Euphrates, built at the order of Artaxerxes [2] II (Xen. An. 1,7,15). Xenophon gives a comprehensive description of the wall in his report of the events following the battle of Cunaxa in 401BC (An. 2,4,12): it was supposedly 20 feet (c. 6 m) wide, 100 feet (c. 30 m) high, and 20 parasangs (c. 80 km) long, built from fired bricks placed in asphalt. According to Xenophon (An. 2,1…

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Burckhardt, Leonhard (Basle), “Media, Wall of”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 02 March 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e728340>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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