previous next


ISTRO´POLIS, ISTRIO´POLIS, HISTRIO´POLIS (Ἰστρόπολις, Ἰστρία πόλις, or simply. Ἴστπος: Istere), a town of Lower Moesia, at the southern extremity of lake Halmyris, on the coast of the Euxine. It was a colony of Miletus, and, at least in Strabo's time, a small town. (Strab. vii. p.319; Plin. Nat. 4.18. 24;, Mela, 2.2; Eutrop. 6.8; Hdt. 2.33; Arrian, Perip. Eux. p. 24; Geog. Rav.5.1.6; Lycoph. 74; Ptol. 3.10.8; Scymn. Fragm. 22; Steph. B. sub voce Amm. Marc. 22.8; Hieroel. p. 637.) But the frequent mention of the place shows that it must have been a commercial town of some importance ; of its history, however, nothing is known. Some modern writers have identified it with Kiusntenza or Kostendsje, the ancient Constantiana, which, however, was in all probability situated to the south of Istropolis.


hide References (4 total)
  • Cross-references from this page (4):
    • Herodotus, Histories, 2.33
    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 4.18
    • Ammianus Marcellinus, Rerum Gestarum, 22.8
    • Claudius Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos, 3.10
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: