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Ismara (Ancient Greek: Ἴσμαρος, Ismaros [ismaros]) is a city of the Cicones, mentioned in the Odyssey.

Homeric Ismaros[edit]

After their departure from Troy, Odysseus and his companions stop at Ismaros.[1] They sack the town, and attack the Cicones, the inhabitants of the adjacent region. They kill the men and divide the women and treasures among themselves, then begin to feast, despite Odysseus' advice that they leave immediately. The Cicones, who have left in search of help, come back in the morning in great numbers. Odysseus manages to escape, although he loses several men in the process. He embarks with the survivors and continues his journey home to Ithaca.


  1. ^ The Essential Homer: Selections from the Iliad and the Odyssey by Homer and Stanley Lombardo, page 299: "... From Ilion the wind took me to the Cicones In Ismaros. I pillaged the town and killed the men. ..
  • Durando, Furio. Greece, a guide to the archaeological sites (2004).