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Rhyndacus (Rhundakos), an important river in the province of Hellespontus,
which has its sources at the foot of Mount Olympus in Phrygia Epictetus, near
the town of Azani. (Scylax, p. 35; Plin. v. 40; Pomp. Mela, i. 19; Strab. xii.
p. 576.) According to Pliny, it was at one time called Lycus, and had its origin
in the lake of Miletopolis ; but this notion is incorrect. The river flows at
first in a north-western direction, forming the boundary between Mysia and Bithynia,
through the lake of Apollonia, and in the neighbourhood of Miletopolis receives
the river Megistus, and discharges itself into the Propontis opposite the island
of Besbicus. The Scholiast on Apollonius Rhodius (i. 1165) states that in later
times the Rhyndacus, after receiving the waters of the Megistus, was itself called
Megistus; but Eustathius (ad Horn. Il. xiii. 771) assures us that in his time
it still bore the name of Rhyndacus. According to Valerius Flaccus (iii. 35) its
yellow waters were discernible in the sea at a great distance from its mouth.
In B.C. 73 Lucullus gained a victory over Mitlhridates on the banks of this river.
(Plut. Luc. 11; comp. Polyb. v. 17; Ptol. v. 1. § § 4, 8; Steph. B. s. v.) The
Rhyndacus is now called Lupad, and after its union with the Megistus (Susughirli)
it bears the name of Mohalidsh or Micalitza. (See Hamilton's Researches, i. p.
This text is from: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854) (ed. William Smith, LLD). Cited September 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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