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PRIA´PUS

PRIA´PUS (Πρίαπος: Eth. Πριαπηνός), a town of Mysia on the Propontis, situated on a headland on the spur of Mount Pityus. Some said that it was a colony of Miletus, and others regarded it as a settlement of Cyzicus: it derived its name from its worship of the god Priapus. It had a good harbour, and ruled over a territory which produced good wine. (Strab. xiii. p.587; Thuc. 8.107; Pomp. Mela, 1.19; Plin. Nat. 4.24, 5.40; Steph. B. sub voce Geogr. Rav. 2.18, 5.19; Arrian, Arr. Anab. 1.12.7.) Ruins of Priapus still exist near Karaboa. (Richter, Wallfahrten, p. 425; Rasche, Lex. Num. 4.1. p. 51.)

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