Michael Wood travels through Syria and Iraq to uncover the story of Alexander the Great’s decisive battle against the might of the Persian Empire in 331 BCE. Ancient writers agreed that it was fought somewhere near the city of Irbil in northern Iraq, but the exact location has never been discovered. Wood follows Alexander’s route through Damascus and Alleppo to the river Euphrates in Syria and travels into Northern Iraq with the British and US military. Accompanied by the Head of British forces in Iraq, General Sir Rob Fry, he pieces together the dramatic events that led to this ancient War of the Worlds, and finally solves a mystery that has baffled historians and archaeologists for centuries.
The History Channel and BBCWW. Director/Camera: Jeremy Jeffs. Producer: Rebecca Dobbs
The History Channel 9pm 14th Sept 2009