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Summary

Arsameia on the Nymphaios (turkish Eski Kale = Old Castle) - ancient city placed in Kocahisar (earlier Eski Kahta in turkish Provice Adıyaman. Arsameia was the royal residence of Kings of Kommagene.

Class:

  • City
  • visible
  • Location ± 0-5 m.
(see also PELAGIOS)

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Arsameia on the Nymphaios, Site 3

Arsameia on the Nymphaios, Site 3

King Mithridates and Herakles

King Mithridates and Herakles

Arsameia on the Nymphaios, Site 2

Arsameia on the Nymphaios, Site 2

Kahta Fortress

Kahta Fortress

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Surroundings (Panoramio)

Annotation

Arsameia ad Nymphaios was an ancient city and  the royal residence of Kings of Kommagene. It was re - founded by Armenian King Arsames (255–225 BC), the Antiochus I Theos of Commagene (r. 70-38 BC) ancestors,  in the third century BC. This Arsames can be identified with the Arsames whom Polyaenus in his Stratagems in Wars described as an Armenian dynast supporting the rebel Seleucid Antiochus Hierax in the mid-3nd century -  Antiochus, having revolted from his brother Seleucus, made his escape into Mesopotamia; and in his march over the Armenian mountains he was joined by Arsabes1. Arsames fortified the site.

Sources:

  1. Friedrich Karl Dörner, Theresa Goell: Arsameia am Nymphaios: Die Ausgrabungen im Hierothesion des Mithradates Kallinikos von 1953-1956, Gebr. Mann, 1963
  2. http://www.burgenwelt.org/tuerkei/yeni_kale/object.php
  3. Getzel M. Cohen, The Hellenistic Settlements in Syria, the Red Sea Basin, and North Africa, University of California Pres 2006, pp. 153

References

  1. Polyaenus' Stratagems 4,17 - http://www.attalus.org/translate/polyaenus4B.html

Arsameia am Nymphaios (türk. Name Eski Kale = Alte Burg) - eine antike Stadt bei dem Ort Kocahisar (früher Eski Kahta in der türkischen Provinz Adıyaman, der antike Nymphaios (heutige Kahta Çayı). Arsameia war Residenzstadt des Königreichs Kommagen

Residence of the kings of Commagene