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Stephanos Byzantios records five cities called Daskyleion in W Asia Minor, one of which, according to Xenophon (Hell. 4.1.15; Hell. Oxyrhynchia 17.3), was the residence of Pharanabazus, Persian satrap of the Hellespont and Phrygia. This has been identified with the city mound called Hisartepe on the SW shore of Lake Manyas, near Ergili, where excavations have yielded many Achaemenid bullae in Graeco-Persian style bearing Aramaic inscriptions. Consequently the lake is to be identified with Δασκυλίτις Λίμνη: according to Strabo (12.575) Daskyleion lay on this lake.

Three Graeco-Persian funerary stelai found in Daskyleion are now in the Istanbul museum.


Site: A. R. Munro, JHS 32 (1912) 57ff; K. Bittel, “Zur Lage von Daskyleion,” AA (1953) 2-16; E. Akurgal, Anatolia 1 (1956) 20-24I; id., Die Kunst Anatoliens (1961) 170-73I; F. K. Dörner, Der kleine Pauly I (1964) 1395-96.

Inscriptions on bullae: K. Balkan, Anatolia 4 (1959) 123ff.

Graeco-Persian reliefs: D. Sommer, CRAI (1966) 44-58; E. Akurgal, Iranica Antiqua 6 (1966) 147-56. F. M. Gross, “An Aramaic Inscription from Daskyleion,” BASOR 184 (1966) 7-10; G.M.A. Hanfmann, “The New Stelae from Daskyleion,” ibid. 10-13; N. Dolunay, Ann. Arch. Mus. Ist. 13-14 (1967) 1ff; J. Borchhardt, IstMitt 18 (1968); J. P. Bernard, RA (1969) 17-28; J. Teixidor, “Bulletin d'épigraphie sémitique,” Syria 45 (1964) 377; J. M. Dentzer, RA (1969:2) 195-224; H. Möbius, “Zu den Stelen von Daskyleion,” AA (1971) 442-55; id., “Zur Datierung der Grabstelen aus Daskyleion,” Mélanges Mansel (1974) 967-70.


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