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date: 08 December 2022



  • David John Blackman
  •  and Stephen Mitchell


Dascylium was the seat of the Persian *satrap of Hellespontine *Phrygia on the shore of Lake Dascylitis (mod. Manyas Göl) and famous for its hunting-park (Xen. Hell. 4. 1. 15; Hell. Oxy. 17. 3; Strabo 12. 8. 10, 575C). The 1950s excavations of the site at Hisartepe near Ergili have recently (1989) been continued. Several Graeco-Persian relief sculptures have been found in the region and the dig has produced Greek pottery from the early 7th cent. bce, an Old Phrygian and *Aramaic inscriptions, Achaemenid clay seals of Xerxes' reign, and a Babylonian cylinder seal of the second millennium bce. There was another settlement called Dascylium on the sea of Marmara east of the mouth of the Rhyndacus, which appears in the Athenian *tribute lists and was a custom-station of Roman *Asia.


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