Alexander the Great on his return from the conquest of India

TCD MS 3414 folio 12 recto

TCD MS 3414 folio 12 recto

[1915]

been found there, relating to his death and <verifying> the story of the “Den of Lions”: though extinct in Mesopotamia now, lions still exist in parts of Persia. It was here also that Alexander the Great on his return from the conquest of India dropped anchor & proceeded to Babylon where at the early age of 32 he died from dissipation, his sacophagus was afterwards found there and taken to Constantinople. The prophet Ezra is buried in a luxurious tomb, the dome of which is inlaid with blue tiles <& kept in very good repair.> this tomb is situated on the right bank of the Tigris some 12 hours steaming <upstream> from Kurna. Ezekiel is buried at Kifel near Kerbela. Kerbela is a Holy Mohammedan city, & is the “Mecca” of the Sher sect of mussalmans or the followers of Hussain,  the son of Fatima daughter of Mohamet. Hussain was killed by his

Feluja was the site of the great battle between Xenophon with 10,000 Greeks against Cyrus king of Persia & his general Arta-Xerces. After this battle, Xenophon retired to the Black Sea by way of the Median Wall, the traces of which are still visible at Akar-Kuf, N. west of Baghdad