Arisba or Arisbe (Ancient Greek: Ἀρίσβη; Eth. Ἀρισβαἰος), was a town of Mysia, mentioned by Homer in the same line with Sestos and Abydus.[1] It was between Percote and Abydus,[2] a colony of Mytilene, founded by Scamandrius and Ascanius, son of Aeneas.

The army of Alexander the Great mustered here after crossing the Hellespont.[3] When the wandering Gauls passed over into Asia, on the invitation of Attalus I, they occupied Arisba, but were soon defeated, in 216 BCE, by Prusias I of Bithynia.[4] In Strabo's time the place was almost forgotten.

There are coins of Arisbe from the Roman emperor Trajan's time (early 2nd century), and also autonomous coins.

Its site is tentatively located at Musakoy in Asiatic Turkey.[5][6]


  1. ^ Homer, Iliad 2.837
  2. ^ Stephanus of Byzantium, Ethnica Ἀρίσβη
  3. ^ Arrian, The Anabasis of Alexander 1.12
  4. ^ Pol. 5.111
  5. ^ Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 51, and directory notes accompanying.
  6. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGeorge Long (1854–1857). "Arisba". In Smith, William (ed.). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray. p. 214.

Coordinates: 40°11′59″N 26°32′32″E / 40.199817°N 26.542314°E


The Aigosages were a Celtic tribe dwelling on both sides of the Hellespont, first in Thrace and then in Troas and Mysia on the Asian side.

Coming probably from the Kingdom of Tylis, they crossed over to Asia Minor where they were hired by the Hellenistic ruler Attalus I of Pergamum who intended to employ them as mercenaries in his war against the Seleucid prince Achaeus. After a lunar eclipse on September 1st 218 BC, however, the Celts refused to obey and Attalus, considering the risk of a revolt, led them back to the Hellespont, promising to give them land in the area between Lampsacus and Alexandria Troas.After the king's departure the Aigosages laid siege on the city of Ilium, but were thwarted by the Alexandrinian general Themistes. The Celts then turned against the territory of Abydos, taking the town of Arisba. Here they were finally defeated in battle by the Bithynian king Prusias I, who put them all to the sword, including the women and children.

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