Hellespontine Phrygia


Hellespontine Phrygia: Persian satrapy in northwestern Anatolia. Its capital was Dascylium.

Magians with a sacrifice of a sheep and a bull
Magians with a sacrifice of a sheep and a bull

The satrapy of Hellespontine Phrygia was created at the beginning of the fifth century, and was ruled by descendants of Pharnaces, an uncle of king Darius I the Great. Their capital was Dascylium. It consisted of the land directly southeast of the Hellespont.

Artabazus II revolted against Artaxerxes III Ochus, but was later pardoned. By then, however, Arsites had already been made satrap. During the war against Alexander the Great, this man was responsible for the Persian defeat at the Granicus river (spring 334); he committed suicide, and Alexander appointed Calas as his successor.

Artabazus I
477 - 455 (?)
Pharnabazus I
455 (?) - before 430
Pharnaces II
before 430 - after 422
Pharnabazus II
before 413 - 387
Artabazus II

After Alexander's death in 323, the satrapy was awarded to Leonnatus, who was killed in action in the Lamian War. The region was seized by Lysimachus, was added to the Seleucid Empire after the battle of Corupedium (281), and was finally integrated in the Bithynian kingdom.

Arsites 353-334
Calas 334-323
Leonnatus 323-321

This page was created in 2010; last modified on 2 October 2020.