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  1. an ancient city of Assyria, E of the Tigris, on the site of modern Erbil: headquarters of Darius III before his defeat by Alexander the Great at Gaugamela 331 b.c.
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Examples from the Web for arbela

Historical Examples of arbela

  • Temples are erected to her in the city of Ashur, in Nineveh and Arbela.

    The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria

    Morris Jastrow

  • I am Ishtar of Arbela, who forces thine enemies to submission.

  • These oracles, it so happens, all issue from the goddess Ishtar of Arbela.

  • And Alexander's great battlefield of Arbela lay on the eastern plain.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite

    Edward O. Mousley

  • For did Alexander, think you, (or indeed could he possibly) forget the fight at Arbela?

British Dictionary definitions for arbela


  1. an ancient city in Assyria, near which the Battle of Arbela took place (331 bc), in which Alexander the Great defeated the PersiansModern name: Erbil
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