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Pagasae[pronunciation?] (Greek, Modern Παγασές) was a coastal city in ancient Magnesia (east central Greece), now a suburb of the modern city of Volos. It flourished in the 5th and 4th centuries BC. The only usable harbor in Thessaly was located on the Gulf of Pagasae, as it is still known, modern name being Pagasitikos.[1] Pagasae was involved in the military campaigns of Philip II of Macedon.[2]

In Greek mythology, Pagasae was the starting point for the expedition of the Argonauts led by Jason. Apollonius of Rhodes describes the setting vividly in the first book of his Argonautica.[3]


  1. ^ David Sacks, Encyclopedia of the Ancient Greek World, rev. ed. by Lisa R. Brody (Facts on File, 2005), pp. 140, 347.
  2. ^ James R. Ashley, The Macedonian Empire: The Era of Warfare under Philip II and Alexander the Great, 359–323 B.C. (MacFarland, 1998), p. 120, 124–125, 132–133, 361.
  3. ^ James J. Clauss, The Best of the Argonauts: The Redefinition of the Epic Hero in Book One of Apollonius' Argonautica (University of California Press, 1993), p. 88ff.