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Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities
A gulf of the Ionian Sea between Epirus and Acarnania, twentyfive miles long and ten wide.
- Perseus: Harry Thurston Peck, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities (1898)
Greek & Roman Geography (ed. William Smith)
Ambracius Sinus (ho Amprakikos kolpos, Thuc. i. 55; ho Ambrakikos
kolpos, Pol. iv. 63, Strab. p. 325, et al.; he thalassa he Amprakike, Dion Cass.
I. 12: Sinus Ambracius, Liv. xxxviii. 4; Mel. ii. 3: Gulf of Arta), an arm of
the Ionian sea, lying between Epirus and Acarnania, so called from the town of
Ambracia. Polybius (l. c.) describes the bay as 300 stadia in length, and 100
stadia in breadth: Strabo gives 300 stadia as its circumference, which is absurdly
too small. Its real length is 25 miles, and its breadth 10. The entrance of the
gulf, one side of which was formed by the promontory of Actium, is described under
Actium. In consequence of the victory which Augustus gained over Antony at the
entrance to this gulf, Statius (Silv. ii. 2. 8) gives the name of Ambraciae frondes
to the crowns of laurel bestowed upon the victors in the Actian games. The Ambracius
Sinus is also frequently mentioned in Greek history. On it were the towns of Argos
Amphilochicum, and Anactorium, and the sea-port of Ambracia. The rivers Charadra
and Arachthus flowed into it from the N. It was celebrated in antiquity for its
excellent fish, and particularly for a species called kapros. (Ath. iii. p. 92,
d., vii. pp. 305, e., 311, a., 326, d.) The modern gulf still maintains its character
in this respect. The red and grey mullet are most abundant, and there are also
plenty of soles and eels. (Wolfe, Observations on the Gulf of Arta, in Journal
of Geographical Society, vol. iii.)
This text is from: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854) (ed. William Smith, LLD). Cited July 2004 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks
- Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854) (ed. William Smith, LLD)
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