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Issus - Map Locator

Issus - Map Locator Geography Ancient Places and/or Civilizations World History

Image of a map of Asia Minor depicting the location of Issus.

In 333 BC, Alexander met Darius (ruler of Persia) at the mountain pass at Issus.

Although greatly outnumbered, the Macedonian leader took advantage of the narrow field of battle and worked it to his advantage. Not accustomed to such brilliant strategy from his opponents, Darius was shocked by Alexander's ability.

Reflecting the legend of that event, a famous mosaic, discovered during the excavations of Pompeii, graphically depicts Darius' surprise.


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