Stone Lion of Hamadan, Iran

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Carole Raddato
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published on 29 October 2021

The Stone Lion of Hamadan, which once had a twin, was part of the old gate of the city of Ecbatana in Persia (modern-day Iran). According to some accounts, the lions were built upon the order of Alexander the Great (r. 336-323 BCE) to commemorate the death of his close companion, Hephaestion (l.c. 356-324 BCE), in 324 BCE.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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Raddato, C. (2021, October 29). Stone Lion of Hamadan, Iran. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/14763/stone-lion-of-hamadan-iran/

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