- an ancient city in the SW Peloponnesus; capital of ancient Messenia.
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Next as to their account of the treacherous attempt upon Messene.
Hiero joins Carthage in laying siege to the Mamertines in Messene.
From the time of his exploits at Messene all this was utterly changed.
In pursuance of this fatal policy Alcibiades crossed over to Messene, and tried to win over that city to the side of Athens.Stories from Thucydides
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Idas claimed the whole of the booty as the victor in a contest of eating, and drove the cattle off to Messene.
- an ancient Greek city in the SW Peloponnese: founded in 369 bc as the capital of Messenia
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