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 (sĕs′təs, -tŏs)
An ancient town of European Turkey at the narrowest point of the Dardanelles. In 481 bc, Xerxes I built a bridge of boats here to cross the Hellespont and invade Greece. Sestos is also the legendary home of Hero, the lover of Leander.


(Placename) a ruined town in NW Turkey, at the narrowest point of the Dardanelles: N terminus of the bridge of boats built by Xerxes in 481 bc for the crossing of his armies of invasion


(ˈsɛs tɒs)

an ancient Thracian town on the Hellespont opposite Abydos: Xerxes crossed the Hellespont here when he began his invasion of Greece.
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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.
Hero, who was a virgin priestess of Aphrodite at Sestos, was seen at a festival by Leander of Abydos; they fell in love, and he swam the Hellespont at night to visit her, guided by a light from her tower.