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(Placename) the ancient name for Samarkand


(ˌsæm ərˈkænd)

a city in SE Uzbekistan: taken by Alexander the Great 329 B.C.; Tamerlane's capital in the 14th century. 388,000.
Ancient, Maracanda.
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At a banquet--held, according to the historical record, in Maracanda (modern Samarkand in Uzbekistan) in November 328 B.C.E.--Cleitus, under the influence of wine, questions Alexander's despotic behavior and orientalization policy.
In Stone's film, the kiss between Alexander and Bagoas paves the way for the clash with Cleitus the Black (mentioned above), which takes place at a banquet held not in Maracanda, as indicated by the historical record, but in India.