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Name of two towns in Commagene.

[German version]

[1] On the Euphrates

On the Euphrates, modern Gerger, fortified town, founded by  Arsames at the beginning of the 2nd cent. BC, and extended by  Antiochus I (c. 69-34 BC) as a hierothesion (tomb sanctuary) for his grandfather Samos II and his earlier ancestors. Preserved are a monumental rock relief of Samos II, and important sections of the cultic inscription on the ascent to the castle, which transmits the town's name.

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[2] On the Nymphaeus

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Wagner, Jörg (Tübingen), “Arsamea”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 13 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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