Sestos


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Ses·tos

 (sĕs′təs, -tŏs)
An ancient town of European Turkey at the narrowest point of the Dardanelles. In 481 bc, Xerxes I built a bridge of boats here to cross the Hellespont and invade Greece. Sestos is also the legendary home of Hero, the lover of Leander.
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Sestos

(ˈsɛstɒs)
n
(Placename) a ruined town in NW Turkey, at the narrowest point of the Dardanelles: N terminus of the bridge of boats built by Xerxes in 481 bc for the crossing of his armies of invasion
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Ses•tos

(ˈsɛs tɒs)

n.
an ancient Thracian town on the Hellespont opposite Abydos: Xerxes crossed the Hellespont here when he began his invasion of Greece.
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References in classic literature ?
They that dwelt about Percote and Practius, with Sestos, Abydos, and Arisbe--these were led by Asius, son of Hyrtacus, a brave commander--Asius, the son of Hyrtacus, whom his powerful dark bay steeds, of the breed that comes from the river Selleis, had brought from Arisbe.
Hero, who was a virgin priestess of Aphrodite at Sestos, was seen at a festival by Leander of Abydos; they fell in love, and he swam the Hellespont at night to visit her, guided by a light from her tower.