Arsameia

Arsameia

Arsameia on the Nymphaios (Armenian: Արշամաշատ, romanized: Arshamashat; Turkish: Eski Kale – "Old Castle") is an ancient city located in Old Kâhta (Eski Kâhta) in Kâhta district, Adıyaman Province, Turkey. The site is near Kâhtaçay, known in ancient times as Nymphaios. Arsameia was a royal seat of the kingdom of Commagene. It is best known for the Hierothesion of King Mithridates I Kallinikos, built for him by his son and heir Antiochos I.

The ancient town of Nymphaios was renamed Arsameia in the third century BCE by the Armenian king Arsames (255–225 BCE). It was then taken in 235 BCE by the Seleukid Antiochus Hierax who was fleeing from his brother Seleucus II, who was later claimed as an ancestor by the Commagenian King Antiochus I. The city had already been abandoned again by Roman times, stones from local graves were used by Roman soldiers or building bridges.[1]

 
Dexiosis-Fragment at Site I, to the upper right the auriole around the head of Mithras
^ Gernot Lang Klassische Antike Stätten Anatoliens: Klassische Antike Stätten Anatoliens I u. II Books on Demand, 2003, ISBN 3833000686, S. 198.
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