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Of the rivers, the Sellëeis flows near Arisbe, as the poet says, if it be true that Asius came both from Arisbe and from the Sellëeis River. The River Practius is indeed in existence, but no city of that name is to be found, as some have wrongly thought. This river also1 flows between Abydus and Lampsacus. Accordingly, the words,“and dwelt about Practius,
”should be interpreted as applying to a river, as should also those other words,“and those who dwelt beside the goodly Cephisus River,
2and“those who had their famed estates about the Parthenius River.
3There was also a city Arisba in Lesbos, whose territory is occupied by the Methymnaeans. And there is an Arisbus River in Thrace, as I have said before,4 near which are situated the Thracian Cebrenians. There are many names common to the Thracians and the Trojans; for example, there are Thracians called Scaeans, and a river Scaeus, and a Scaean Wall, and at Troy the Scaean Gates. And there are Thracian Xanthians, and in Troy-land a river Xanthus. And in Troy-land there is a river Arisbus which empties into the Hebrus, as also a city Arisbe. And there was a river Rhesus in Troy-land; and there was a Rhesus who was the king of the Thracians. And there is also, of the same name as this Asius, another Asius in Homer,“who was maternal uncle to horse-taming Hector, and own brother to Hecabe, but son of Dymas, who dwelt in Phrygia by the streams of the Sangarius.

1 i.e., as well as the Sellëeis.

2 Hom. Il. 2.522

3 Hom. Il. 2.854

4 Obviously in the lost portion of Book VII.

5 Hom. Il. 16.717

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