from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • 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.


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  • On one side, sir, of the Hellespont, is a small town called Sestos; it is a spot ignoble now, but was, once, one of note.

    A Yacht Voyage to Norway, Denmark, and Sweden 2nd edition

  • Hero lived on one side (Sestos), and Leander on the other (Abydos), and Leander (being in love and all) swam the Hellespont to get to Hero, but then drowned there.

    Not Constantinople

  • Soyer even finds Byron worth mentioning when this is not really relevant, quoting his dragoman who recounts a "curious tale" about the Leander Tower, but then remarks that "it has not the least relation to the legend of the two lovers celebrated by Lord Byron, who also swam from Sestos to Abydos" (49) .8

    Alexis Soyer and the Rise of the Celebrity Chef

  • Byron made the swim, and then wrote "After Swimming from Sestos to Abydos"

    Not Constantinople

  • But, at a later period of the empire, it began to be more difficult for the Emperors to obtain recruits for their favourite and selected corps, the northern nations having now in a great measure laid aside the piratical and roving habits, which had driven their ancestors from the straits of Elsinore to those of Sestos and Abydos.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • But the Athenians and their allies from Ionia and the Hellespont, who had now revolted from the king, persevered and besieged Sestos, at that time still in the hands of the Persians.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • But the people of Abydos would not yield, and though he attempted to take the place by assault, he failed; so he crossed over to Sestos, a city of the Chersonese opposite Abydos, which the

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • When Leander was drowned, the inhabitants of Sestos consecrated

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • The Athenians began to sail in column close along the shore towards Sestos, when the Peloponnesians, observing them, likewise put to sea from Abydos.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • The Athenians at Sestos promptly repaired their ships, and on the fourth day were proceeding against Cyzicus, which had revolted, when, seeing the eight Peloponnesian ships112 from Byzantium anchored at Harpagium and Priapus, they bore down upon them, and defeating the land-forces which were acting with them, took the ships.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War


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