Pitane (Aeolis)

Pitane (Ancient Greek: Πιτάνη), near Çandarlı, Turkey, was an ancient Greek town of the ancient region of Aeolis, in Asia Minor. It was situated near the mouth of the river Evenus on the bay of Elaea. It was one of the eleven ancient Aeolian settlements, and possessed considerable commercial advantages in having two harbours.[1][2] It was the birthplace of the academic philosopher Arcesilaus, and in the reign of Titus it suffered severely from an earthquake.[3][4][5][6] The town is still mentioned by Hierocles. Pliny the Elder mentions in its vicinity a river Canaius,[5] which is not noticed by any other writer; but it may possibly be the river Pitanes, spoken of by Ptolemy, and which seems to derive its name from the town of Pitane.[7]

Its site is near modern Çandarlı, Asiatic Turkey.[8][9]

Πιτάνη (in Ancient Greek)
Pitane (Aeolis) is located in Turkey
Pitane (Aeolis)
Shown within Turkey
LocationÇandarlı, Izmir Province, Turkey
Coordinates38°55′41″N 26°56′14″E / 38.92806°N 26.93722°ECoordinates: 38°55′41″N 26°56′14″E / 38.92806°N 26.93722°E


Excavations in the necropolis of Pitane revealed ceramic finds from the Mycenaean, protogeometric, geometric, orientalizing and the Archaic Greece periods.

Pitane is believed to be the northernmost point of the Mycenaean influence in Anatolia.

A kouros from Pitane, dated to the 6th century BC, is now housed at the Bergama Archeological Museum.

Classical Period

In the fifth century BCE Pitane was a member of the Delian League and is recorded as paying a tribute of 1,000 drachmas.[10] In 335 BCE, Alexander the Great's general Parmenion laid siege to the city as part of a campaign against the Persian Empire, but the city was saved by the Persian general Memnon of Rhodes.[11]

Hellenistic Period

In c. 319 BCE its citizen Herakleitos son of Lysistratos was honoured by the people of Delphi, and in the period c. 325 - c. 275 BCE the people of Abydos honoured another citizen, Charidemos son of Antiphanes with a dedication at Delphi which included a statue by the famous Athenian sculptor Praxiteles.[12] In the reign of the Seleucid king Antiochus I Soter (r. 281-261 BCE), Pitane was able to expand its territory by paying the king 380 talents to purchase some territory.[13] This territory was the subject of a dispute with the city of Mytilene on nearby Lesbos in the mid-second century BCE which was arbitrated by Pergamon.[14] We also learn from this document that in the Hellenistic period Pitane was a free city not subject to the Attalid dynasty and its public document no longer used the Aeolic dialect. In 84 BCE Mithridates VI while evading the Roman general Gaius Flavius Fimbria fled to Pitane, where he was besieged by Fimbria before escaping to Mytilene by sea.[15]

Notable people


  1. ^ Herodotus. Histories. 1.149.
  2. ^ Periplus of Pseudo-Scylax; Strabo. Geographica. xiii. pp. 581, 607, 614. Page numbers refer to those of Isaac Casaubon's edition.
  3. ^ Oros. 7.12; Ptolemy. The Geography. 5.2.5.
  4. ^ Stephanus of Byzantium. Ethnica. s.v.
  5. ^ a b Pliny. Naturalis Historia. 5.32, 35.49.
  6. ^ Ovid Met. 7.357.
  7. ^ Ptolemy. The Geography. 3.2.3.
  8. ^ Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 56, and directory notes accompanying.
  9. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.
  10. ^ IG I3 260-6, 268-73, 279, 281.
  11. ^ Diodorus Siculus 17.7.9.
  12. ^ Fouilles de Delphes III (1) 410 (Herakleitos), (4) 215 (Charidemos).
  13. ^ IG XII Supplementum 142 = OGIS 335.
  14. ^ IG XII Supplementum 142. See further I. Savalli-Lestrade, ‘Eumène (Ier) et l’expansion de Pergame: à propos de IG XII Suppl. no. 142’ Revue des Etudes Grecques 105 (1992) 221-30.
  15. ^ Plutarch, Lucullus 3, Appian, Mithridatica 52.
  16. ^ S. D. Olson and A. Sens, Matro of Pitane and the Tradition of Epic Parody in the Fourth Century BCE: Text, Translation, and Commentary (Oxford 1999).

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "Pitane". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray.


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Arcesilaus (; Greek: Ἀρκεσίλαος; 316/5–241/0 BC) was a Greek philosopher and founder of the Second or Middle Academy—the phase of Academic scepticism. Arcesilaus succeeded Crates as the sixth head (scholarch) of the Academy c. 264 BC. He did not preserve his thoughts in writing, so his opinions can only be gleaned second-hand from what is preserved by later writers. He was the first Academic to adopt a position of philosophical scepticism, that is, he doubted the ability of the senses to discover truth about the world, although he may have continued to believe in the existence of truth itself. This brought in the sceptical phase of the Academy. His chief opponents were the Stoics and their dogma of katalepsis (i.e., that reality could be comprehended with certainty).

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Pitane may refer to:

Pitane (Aeolis), an ancient coastal city of Aeolis, currently the site of Çandarlı, İzmir Province, Turkey

Pitane (Amazon), mythological eponym of Pitane (Aeolis)

Pitane (Laconia), an ancient settlement near Sparta

Pitane (moth), a moth genus

Pitane, a nymph

Pitane fervens

Pitane napravniki

Black Sea
Central Anatolia
Eastern Anatolia


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