Arisba (Lesbos) 5 Arisbi - Αρίσβη
Ἀρίσβη - Arisba, Archaic to Roman polis, faint remains of early walls under medieval castle, near Arisbe in Lesvos Aegean
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To the east, Kalloní is contiguous with modern Arisvi: the remains of Ancient Arisbe, from which it takes its name, lie around a knob-like hill to the north, reached by taking the track along the west bank of the Tsikniá River (directly before the bridge). The hill overlooks the river, the salt flats, the gulf of Kalloní, and the ample fertile land around. The remains visible today on the acropolis are of the walls of the Genoese castle, which encircled the flat summit with regular bastions. Although there is much rubble and an immense quantity of sherds, none of it gives any clear evidence of an ancient presence. Nonetheless, along the flat shoulder to the east of the knoll, the rectangular outlines of foundations, composed of large and irregular blocks, can be traced both on the ground and when seen from the hill above. There is also evidence of quarrying in the rocks on the west side of the hill. Arisbe appears already to have become a subject city of Methymna by the time of Herodotus (Histories, I. 151).
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(From McGilchrist’s Greek Islands, © Nigel McGilchrist 2010, excerpted with his gracious permission. Click for the books)