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ASTE´LEPHUS (Ἀστέλεφος), one of the small rivers of Colchis, rising in the Caucasus, and falling into the Euxine 120 stadia S. of Dioscurias or Sebastopolis, and 30 stadia N. of the river Hippus. (Arrian. Perip. Pont. Eux. 9, 10; Plin. Nat. 6.4.) It is also called Stelippon (Geogr. Rav.) and Stempeo (Tab. Peut.). Different modern writers attempt to identify it with different streams of the many on this coast: namely; the Markhoula or Tamüsch, the Mokri or Aksu, the Shijam or Keleuhol, and the Kodor. (Ukert, vol. iii. pt. 2, p. 204; Mannert, vol. iv. p. 394; Forbiger, vol. ii. p. 443.)


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