Samosata (mod. Samsât), a fortified city on the right bank of the *Euphrates; the residence of the kings of *Commagene. Like *Zeugma, it guarded an important crossing of the river on one of the main caravan routes from east to west, and it was consequently of considerable strategic and commercial importance. Its formidable defences twice withstood a Roman siege, but in
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