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Arbela(ärbē`lə), town of ancient Assyria. Its name is sometimes given to the battle fought at Gaugamela, some 60 mi (100 km) away, in which Alexander the Great defeated (331 B.C.) Darius III. Arbela is the modern ErbilErbil
, town (1987 pop. 485,968) and capital of Kurdistan Region, N Iraq. A commercial, agricultural, and administrative center with a predominantly Kurdish population, it is one of the world's oldest continually settled towns.
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Alexander’s rout of Darius (331 B.C.). [Classical Hist.: Harbottle Battles, 17]
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an ancient city in Assyria, near which the Battle of Arbela took place (331 bc), in which Alexander the Great defeated the Persians
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