1. Exposition

What is known about Ecbatana?

Ezra 6:2 (ESV)

2 And in Ecbatana, the citadel that is in the province of Media, a scroll was found on which this was written: “A record.

King Darius must have ordered his people to continue searching in other places as well. Eventually, they find the scroll in the city of Ecbatana. Until 550 BC, Ecbatana was the capital of the Medes located in the Zagros mountains in north-western Iran. After the capture by Cyrus, it became the summer residence of the Persian kings who moved their court back and forth between Susa and Ecbatana to take advantage of more temperate climates.1