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Sittace or Sittake or Sittakê (Greek: Σιττάκη, Ptol. vi. 1. § 6; Akkadian Sattagū[1]), was an ancient city, the capital of ancient Sittacene, in Assyria, at the southern end of this province, on the road between Artemita and Susa. (Strabo xvi. p. 744.) It is called Sitta (Σίττα) by Diodorus (xvii. 110). William Smith believed that Diodorus's Sambana also referred to Sittace.

The origin of the city's name may be found in Babylonian tablets referring to the polity "URU.Sattagû" which may be a translation or approximation of "people of Sattagydia", a Persian satrapy. [1]

The district of Sittacene appears to have been called in later times "Apolloniatis" (Strab. xi. p. 524).


  1. ^ Kessler, K. 2002, "Sittake, Sittakene, Sattagū" in Altorientalische Forschungen 29, 238-248