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Jerash is the site of the ruins of the Greco-Roman city of Gerasa, also referred to as Antioch on the Golden River.Ancient Greek inscriptions from the city, but also literary sources both Iamvichou and the Great Etymology, establishing the foundation of the city by Alexander the Great, or his general Perdiccas who settled there aged Macedonian soldiers(Γερασμένος-Gerasmenos means aged person in Greek). This will take place during the spring of 331 BC, when Alexander left Egypt, cross Syria and then went to Mesopotamia. It is sometimes misleadingly referred to as the "Pompeii of the Middle East or Asia", referring to its size, extent of excavation and level of preservation (though Jerash was never buried by a volcano). Jerash is considered one of the most important and best preserved Roman cities in the Near East. It was a city of the Decapolis.
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