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Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities

Saronicus Sinus (Saronikos Kolpos)

The Gulf of Aegina. A bay of the Aegaean Sea lying between Attica and Argolis, and commencing between the promontory of Sunium in Attica and that of Scyllaeum in Argolis. It contains the islands of Aegina and Salamis.

Greek & Roman Geography (ed. William Smith)

Saronicus Sinus

  Saronicus Sinus (Saronikos kolpos, Aeschyl. Agam. 317; Strab. viii. pp. 335, 369, 374, 380; Saronikos poros, Strab. viii. p. 335; Saronikon pelagos, Strab. viii. pp. 335, 369; Saronis thalassa, Dionys. Per. 422; also called Salaminiakos kolpos, Strab. viii. p. 335: Gulf of Egina), a gulf of the Aegaean sea, extending from the promontories of Sunium in Attica and Scyllaeum in Troezenia up to the isthmus of Corinth. The length of the gulf, according to Scylax (p. 20, Hudson), is 740 stadia. It washes the coasts of Attica, Megaris, Corinth, Epidaurus and Troezen, and contains the islands of Aegina and Salamis. It was said to have derived its name from Saron, a king of Troezen, who was drowned while hunting in a lagoon upon the Troezenian coast called Phoebaea and afterwards Saronis. (Paus. ii. 30. § 7; Etym. M. p. 708. 52; Leake, Morea, vol. ii. p. 448.) A Troezenian river Saron is also mentioned (Eustath. ad Dionys. Per. 422), and likewise a town of the same name. (Steph. B. s. v.) Some derived the name of the gulf from saronis, an oak. (Plin. iv. 5. s. 18.)

This text is from: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854) (ed. William Smith, LLD). Cited August 2004 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks


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