Arsinoe (Northwest Cyprus)

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Arsinoe (Greek: Ἀρσινόη) was an ancient city in northwestern Cyprus built on top of the older city, Marion[1] (Greek: Μάριον);[2] some ancient writers conflate the two cities.

Ptolemy I Soter destroyed the town of Marion in 312BC and removed some inhabitants to Paphos.[3] The city was refounded by Ptolemy Philadelphus and named after his sister/wife Arsinoe.

According to Strabo there was a grove sacred to Zeus. [4]

Cyprus, from its subjection to the kings of the Lagid family, had more than one city of this name, which was common to several princesses of that house; see Arsinoe for other cities so named.


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  2. ^ T⊘nnes Bekker‐Nielsen (1999): Strabo and Ptolemy on the geography of western cyprus, Symbolae Osloenses: Norwegian Journal of Greek and Latin Studies, 74:1, 151-162, DOI: 10.1080/00397679908590960
  3. ^ Diodorus Siculus xix. 89
  4. ^ Strabo 14.683