Cissus (Mygdonia)

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Cissus or Kissos (Ancient Greek: Κισσός, Modern Greek Chortiatis[1]), was a town and mountain[2] of Amphaxitis,[3] Macedon, not far from Rhaecelus, which appears to have been the name of the promontory where Aeneas legendarily founded his city.[4] Cissus, along with Aeneia and Chalastra, contributed to the aggrandizement of Thessalonica (315 BC).[5] Cissus was the birthplace of Cisseus, a Thracian chief mentioned by Homer.[6]

There was also a mountain of the same name nearby, on which were found the lion, ounce, lynx, panther, and bear.[7]


  1. ^ Studies in the Ancient Greek Polis Page 124 By Mogens Herman Hansen, Kurt A. Raaflaub ISBN 3-515-06759-0
  2. ^ A Dictionary of Greek and Roman geography Page 628 by W. Smith (1854)
  3. ^ Hazlitt, The Classical Gazetteer
  4. ^ Lycophron 1236.
  5. ^ Strabo Epit. vii. p. 330; Dionys. i. 49.
  6. ^ John Cramer, A Geographic and Historical Description of Ancient Greece (Clarendon Press, 1828), page 238.
  7. ^ Xenophon De Venat. xi. 1.