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ARSE´SA (Ἄρσησα: Arjísh), a town and district of Armenia, on the NE. of Lake Ván; the district is probably the same as that of Arsia (Ἀρσία) mentioned by Ptolemy (5.13.13). In the 10th century it was called Ἄρσες or Ἄρζες (Const. Porph. de Adm. Imp. 100.44. p. 144. ed. Meurs.), and was then in the possession of the Mussulman princes. In A.D. 993 it was recovered by the Empire; but, A.D. 1071, was taken by the Seljuk Turks: soon after its capture by the Georgians, A.D. 1206, it fell. into the hands of the Mongols. (St. Martin, Mém. sur l'Armenie, vol. i. p. 136; London Geog. Journal, vol. x. p. 402.)


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