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Sestus

Σηστός). Now Ialova; a town in Thrace, situated at the narrowest part of the Hellespont, opposite Abydos in Asia, from which it was only seven stadia distant. It was founded by the Aeolians (Herod.vii. 33). It was celebrated in Grecian poetry on account of the loves of Leander and Hero (see Leander), and in history on account of the bridge of boats which Xerxes here built across the Hellespont. It was taken by the Romans in B.C. 190.

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