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1. An ancient town of Asia Minor on the Hellespont in modern-day Turkey. It is the legendary home of Leander, who swam nightly across the strait to his lover Hero.
2. An ancient city of southern Egypt on the Nile River northwest of Thebes. One of the oldest Egyptian cities, it was a religious center for the worship of Osiris and a burial site for the kings of the earliest dynasties.


1. (Placename) an ancient town in central Egypt: site of many temples and tombs
2. (Placename) an ancient Greek colony on the Asiatic side of the Dardanelles (Hellespont): scene of the legend of Hero and Leander


(əˈbaɪ dəs)

1. an ancient ruined city in central Egypt, near Thebes: temples and necropolis.
2. an ancient town in NW Asia Minor, at the narrowest part of the Hellespont.
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Noun1.Abydos - an ancient Greek colony on the Asiatic side of the DardanellesAbydos - an ancient Greek colony on the Asiatic side of the Dardanelles; scene of the legend of Hero and Leander
Republic of Turkey, Turkey - a Eurasian republic in Asia Minor and the Balkans; on the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1918, the Young Turks, led by Kemal Ataturk, established a republic in 1923
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And this will always happen in every oligarchy where the magistrates do not elect themselves, but are chosen out of men either of great fortune or certain ranks, by the soldiers or by the people; as was the custom at Abydos.
They that dwelt about Percote and Practius, with Sestos, Abydos, and Arisbe--these were led by Asius, son of Hyrtacus, a brave commander--Asius, the son of Hyrtacus, whom his powerful dark bay steeds, of the breed that comes from the river Selleis, had brought from Arisbe.
He followed up his first literary success by publishing during the next four years his brief and vigorous metrical romances, most of them Eastern in setting, 'The Giaour' (pronounced by Byron 'Jower'), 'The Bride of Abydos,' 'The Corsair,' 'Lara,' 'The Siege of Corinth,' and 'Parisina.
Her images and statues were found in a number of temples such as Ramesseum temple, and Abydos Temple.
The discovery was made 400 meters (440 yards) south of the King Seti I Temple in Abydos city that is close to the more famous Luxor.
It is thought Philae bounced when it first touched the comet and flew for two hours before landing at an area called Abydos on the comet's "smaller lobe".
Contract awarded for The Department for Child Protection is seeking a suitable individual or organisation to provide cleaning services for its office in Newman at corner of Newman Drive and Abydos Way in Newman.
The Corunna Downs project has the potential to deliver replacement tons for the company's Abydos and Wodgina mines, which are expected to cease mining over the next two to three years.
The nearby city of Abydos is also considered one of the most attractive touristic locations in the country due a number of old relics and historical sites.
Marlowe's poem is set in and around the Hellespont that flows between Sestos, located on the Greco-Turkish shore, and Abydos, on the Asiatic coast.
13) The Giaour, as Byron acknowledges, draws on Vathek for some of its notes, and The Bride of Abydos and The Corsair maintain the descriptive quality of eighteenth-century Orientalist tales.