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date: 02 December 2022



  • Simon Hornblower


Sigeum, important site in the *Troas (NW *Asia Minor), acquired by Athens—the first overseas Athenian possession—in the late 7th cent. bce, after arbitration by *Periander between Athens and *Mytilene (see also alcaeus(1)), but then lost by Athens to Mytilene, until reconquered by *Pisistratus, who made his son Hegesistratus ruler (Hdt. 5. 94 f. with Page; cf. the inscribed vase LSAG2, 366 and below, Phanodicus). *Hippias (1), Pisistratus' son, retired there after his eviction from Athens, and struck a remarkable coin with an Athenian owl and the letters ‘HI (pias)’: Hist. Num2, 377. In the *Delian League Sigeum was notably loyal (IG 13. 17); it usually paid 1000 drachmas from about the mid-5th cent., but six times that (1 talent) in 418/17: ML 75. Aeschylus may refer to Athenian claims on Sigeum (Eum.


  • Greek Material Culture: Bronze Age

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