Caresene or Karesene (Ancient Greek: Καρησήνη) was a mountainous tract in the ancient Troad, which contained many villages, and was well cultivated.[1] It bordered on the Dardanice as far as the parts about Zeleia and Pityeia. It was named from the Caresus River, mentioned by Homer in the Iliad,[2] which flows into the Aesepus River. The Caresus has a considerable valley (αὐλῶν), but less than that of the Aesepus. Strabo says that the Andrius or Andirus River (the modern Kursak Çay),[3] which flows into the Scamander River, also rises in the Caresene, part of which is therefore probably a high plateau, on which the Andrius and Caresus rise. The Caresus springs between Palaescepsis and Achaeum, which is opposite to the island of Tenedos. There was a city Caresus, but it was ruined before Strabo's time.[1]


  1. ^ a b Strabo. Geographica. Vol. 13.1.44-45, p. 602. Page numbers refer to those of Isaac Casaubon's edition.
  2. ^ Homer. Iliad. Vol. 12.20.
  3. ^ Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 56, and directory notes accompanying.

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