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a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Jamie Novotny Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
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Harrua is a Quean fortress located on the Cilician plain. In the eighth century BC, perhaps only for a short time, Phrygia controlled the territory in which Harrua is was located. The Assyrian king Sargon II (r. 721-705), after his armies defeated the Phrygian king Midas (= Mitâ of Musku), restored Harrua to Que, which was then a province of the Assyrian Empire.

Base map by Ryan M. Horne for Pleiades and the Ancient World Mapping Center (ancient terrain after the Barrington Atlas). Map interaction design and implementation by Sean Gillies, David Glick, Alec Mitchell, and Tom Elliott for Pleiades.

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  • Harrua (Akkadian, 1000 BC - 540 BC)

unlocated, fort, tower

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The location of Harrua is presently unknown. From the inscriptions of Sargon II, it is certain that it was near another Quean fortress (Ušnanis), a place that was also taken away from Que by the Phrygians. One text of that Assyrian king mentions Harrua and Ušnanis together with a third fortress: Qumasi. 

E. Forrer (1920) and P. Naster (1938) tentatively identified Harrua with classical Seleucia ad Calycadnum/Hyria (modern Silifke), in Cilicia Tracheia. That proposed location, however, is well outside the territorial reach of Que (as already note, e.g., by A. Bagg [2007]) and, therefore, one must look for a location a bit closer to Que (Cilicia Pedias), perhaps near the Cilician Gates

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Jamie Novotny, 'Harrua: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2020 <> [accessed: 25 September 2020]

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