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date: 03 February 2023



  • D. Graham J. Shipley


  • Ancient Geography
  • Greek Material Culture: Bronze Age
  • Greek Material Culture

Antissa, small coastal polis in NW Lesbos; birthplace of the poet Terpander. A bronze age site has been explored; the Classical town originated in the early geometric period. Three apsidal buildings (possibly temples), stretches of a probable city wall, and remains of a harbour mole have been identified. The Mytileneans strengthened the defences during their revolt of 428 bce (see mytilene). Thrasybulus captured the town c.389; later it joined the Second Athenian Confederacy. The Romans destroyed it in 166 bce because of its links with Antiochus (4) IV, and its territory was given to Methymna. In medieval times it moved inland.


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