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City of northern Asia Minor, on the southern side of the Hellespont (area
Abydos was a colony of Miletus founded around 675 B. C.
It is near that city that Xerxes had two bridges built over the Hellespont in order to invade Greece via Thracia in 480, starting the second Medean War (Herodotus' Histories, VII, 33-36). It is on this occasion that, after a tempest destroyed the bridges while under construction, Xerxes, as Herodotus tells us in the above mentioned section, had the sea whipped (and the engineers beheaded) !