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Artemita (Ancient Greek: Ἀρτεμίτα) or Artemita in Apolloniatis was a Greek[1] city in what is now eastern Iraq[2] that flourished under the Parthian Empire.

Though its exact location is not known, it was located on the major route to Khorasan, between Seleucia and the Zagros Mountains. According to Isidore of Charax, it was crossed by the river Sillas (Diyala) and was located about 82 km from Seleucia, and was also known as Chalasar.[1] It was originally a Greek (Macedonian)[3] foundation, but was later considered Parthian. In AD 31, It welcomed the Arsacid pretender Tiridates II.[4] Artemita was the birthplace of the historian Apollodorus of Artemita.

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  1. ^ a b Isidore of Charax, Parthian Stations, paragraph 2.
  2. ^ Smith, William (1852). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (Abacaenum – Hytanis). 1. Boston: Little, Brown. p. 227. 
  3. ^ Pliny the Elder, (Nat. his. 6.117)
  4. ^ Tacitus, Annals, 6.41.

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