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LONDON, (CAIS) -- In the middle of an Iraqi northern desert, the imposing remains of the 2000 year old city of Hatra stand forlornly in the midst of wild grass, faintly attesting to the remote glory of the third Iranian dynastic Empire, the Parthians (248 BCE-224 CE), reported Xinhua on Monday.

Well-known for its high walls full of inscriptions and watchtowers dotted around the fortified city, Parthian Hatra, about 290 km (180 mi) northwest of Baghdad and 110 km (68 mi) southwest of Mosul. Hatra withstood repeated attacks and played an important role during the Second Parthian War against the Romans. It repulsed the sieges of both Trajan (116/117) and Septimius Severus (198/199). After the fall of the Parthian dynasty, Hatra was included into the new dynastic Empire, the Sasanians in 224 CE. The ancient city was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985, the first such

site in nowadays Iraq