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[gruh-nahy-kuh s] /grəˈnaɪ kəs/
a river in NW Turkey, flowing N to the Sea of Marmara: battle 334 b.c. 45 miles (70 km) long. Unabridged
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  • The two smaller frigates, the Hebrus and Granicus, were left to take part in the battle wherever they might find an opening.

  • The people of Adrasteia occupied the Propontis, as far as the Granicus.

  • From his encampment on the Granicus Alexander turned to the southward, and moved along on the eastern shores of the Ægean Sea.

    Alexander the Great Jacob Abbott
  • Alexander thought the Granicus less of an obstacle than Mount Ida.

    Alexander the Great Jacob Abbott
  • It was generally regarded as a prodigious feat, especially by the people of Paris, as if it were another passage of the Granicus.

  • The name of the Persian general who commanded at the battle of the Granicus was Memnon.

    Alexander the Great Jacob Abbott
  • He marched directly on the Persian army, which, vastly exceeding him in strength, was holding the line of the Granicus.

  • The opinion of my divinity assisted my arms and subdued all nations before me, from the Granicus to the Ganges.

    Dialogues of the Dead Lord Lyttelton
  • The ancients deemed the passage of the Granicus—which is a small stream—a wonderful exploit.

    The Art of War Baron Henri de Jomini
  • Frightful decadences followed; but the little casket which contained the "Thoughts" on the banks of the Granicus was saved.

British Dictionary definitions for Granicus


an ancient river in NW Asia Minor where Alexander the Great won his first major battle against the Persians (334 bc)
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