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MAGARSA, MAGARSUS, or MEGARSUS (Μάγαρσα, Μάγαρσος, Μέγαρσος), a town in the eastern part of Cilicia, situated on a height close to the mouth of the river Pyramus. (Strab. xiv. p.676.) Alexander, previous to the battle of Issus, marched from Soli to Megarsus, and there offered sacrifices to Athena Megarsis, and to Amphilochus, the son of Amphiaraus, the reputed founder of the place. (Arrian, Arr. Anab. 2.5.) It seems to have formed the port of Mallus (Steph. Byz. s. v. Μάγαρσος; Lycoph. 439; Plin. Nat. 5.22). The hill on which the town stood now bears the name of Karadash, and vestiges of ancient buildings are still seen upon it. (Leake, Asia Minor, p. 215, foil.)


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    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 5.22
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