Caresus River

Caresus or Karesos (Ancient Greek: Κάρησος) was a river of the ancient Troad, mentioned by Homer in the Iliad.[1] The river gave name to a mountainous district called Caresene through which it flowed. It flows into the Aesepus River. The Caresus had a considerable valley (αὐλῶν), but less than that of the Aesepus. The Caresus springs between Palaescepsis and Achaeum, which is opposite to the island of Tenedos. There was a town of the same name that ruined before Strabo's time.[2]

Its identification is unknown.


  1. ^ Homer. Iliad. Vol. 12.20.
  2. ^ Strabo. Geographica. Vol. p. 602. Page numbers refer to those of Isaac Casaubon's edition.

  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.