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Arsamosata (Armenian: Արշամաշատ, Aršamašat; Ancient Greek: Ἀρσαμόσατα) was a city in Armenian Sophene near the Euphrates. It was founded by King Arsames I of the Orontid Dynasty in the 3rd century BC. It was left and destroyed in the 1st century BC. In the Middle Ages it was called Ashmushat. In Roman and Byzantine times, it bore the names Armosota (Ἀρμόσοτα)[1] and Arsamosota (Ἀποαυόοσοτα).[2]

The city has been identified with the modern Kharput (Elazığ) .[citation needed] Others conjectured the location somewhere between Kharput (Xarberd) and Palu (Balu). It has also been identified as the abandoned settlement site known as Haraba, located some 60 km east of Elazig,[3] which is where modern scholars locate it.[4][5]

Much of that site now lies submerged under the waters of the Keban dam. It is not to be confused with Samosata.


No longer a residential bishopric, Arsamosata is today listed by the Catholic Church as a titular see.[6][7]


  1. ^ Polybius. The Histories. 8.25.
  2. ^ Ptolemy. The Geography. 5.13.
  3. ^ T. A. Sinclair, "Eastern Turkey, an Architectural and Archaeological survey, volume 3, pages 112-115.
  4. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.
  5. ^ Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 89, and directory notes accompanying.
  6. ^ Titular Episcopal See of Arsamosata,
  7. ^ [1],

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "Armosota". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray.

Coordinates: 38°39′39″N 39°30′39″E / 38.6609°N 39.5109°E / 38.6609; 39.5109

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