Persian Gates

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Coordinates: 30°42′30″N 51°35′55″E / 30.70833°N 51.59861°E / 30.70833; 51.59861

Site of the Persian Gate; the road was built in the 1990s.

Persian Gates was the ancient name of the pass now known as Tang-e Meyran, connecting Yasuj with Sedeh to the east, crossing the border of the modern Kohgiluyeh va Boyer Ahmad and Fars provinces of Iran, passing south of the Kuh-e-Dinar massif, part of the Zagros Mountains. The pass controls the link between the shore and the central part of Persia.

In the early weeks of 330 BCE, it was the site of the fierce Battle of the Persian Gate, in which the Macedonian king, Alexander the Great, faced stiff resistance by the last Achaemenid troops commanded by Ariobarzan.

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  • Henry Speck, "Alexander at the Persian Gates. A Study in Historiography and Topography" in: American Journal of Ancient History n.s. 1.1 (2002) 15-234.

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