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Harpagion (Ancient Greek: Ἁρπάγιον) was a town of the ancient Troad, or of Mysia mentioned by Thucydides.[1] Its territory was called Harpageia (τὰ Ἁρπαγεῖα)[2] or Harpagia (Ἁρπάγια).[3] It lay between Priapus and Cyzicus, near the mouth of the river Granicus. It belonged to the Delian League since it appears in tribute records of Athens between the years 448/7 and 429/8 BCE.[4] Thucydides writes that three days after the Battle of Cynossema, during the Peloponnesian War, the Athenians captured eight ships coming from Byzantium at Harpagion and Priapus.[1]

According to some myths Ganymede was snatched from there.[5][6]

Its site is located in Asiatic Turkey.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b Thucydides. History of the Peloponnesian War. Vol. 8.107.
  2. ^ Strabo. Geographica. Vol. xiii. p. 587. Page numbers refer to those of Isaac Casaubon's edition.
  3. ^ Stephanus of Byzantium. Ethnica. Vol. s.v.
  4. ^ Mogens Herman Hansen & Thomas Heine Nielsen (2004). "Troad". An inventory of archaic and classical poleis. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 979. ISBN 0-19-814099-1.
  5. ^ Strabo, Geography, §13.1.11
  6. ^ Stephanus of Byzantium, Ethnica, §A124.9
  7. ^ Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 52, and directory notes accompanying.
  8. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.

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

Coordinates: 40°20′03″N 27°23′31″E / 40.334274°N 27.391984°E / 40.334274; 27.391984