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Apamea is one of the great ancient cities of the Middle East. It was founded in the 3rd century BC by a former general of Alexander the Great, the first Seleucid king, Seleucus I Nicator , who named the city after his Persian wife. In 64 BC it was seized for Rome by Pompey. At its peak, in the 2nd century AD, it had a population of half a million and was visited by Septimus Severus, Emperor Caracalla and Mark Anthony and Cleopatra, who would have been entertained by performances on the biggest stone theatre stage ever built.
It is located on the fertile Al-Ghab plain and was famous for its horses. The Greek historian, Strabo, estimated that there were 33,000 horses and 500 war elephants here.
In many ways Apamea looks quite similar to Palmyra. The main differences are that whereas Palmyra is made of pink sandstone and stands in the middle of a desert, Apamea is made of grey granite and stands in the middle of rolling grasslands.
If you don't go walk a little off the beaten path, you will miss one of the highlights of Apamea: the stone reliefs of... more travel advice
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