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CENTRI´TES

CENTRI´TES (Κεντρίτης: Buhtán Cháï), a river dividing the mountains of the Carduchians from the slopes and plains of Armenia, crossed by the Ten Thousand in their retreat. It is described by Xenophon (Xen. Anab. 4.3.1) as 200 feet in breadth, above their breasts in depth, and extremely rapid, with a bottom full of slippery stones. The Centrites has been identified with the Buhtán Cháï, an E. affluent of the Tigris, which falls into that river at the Armenian village of Til, and constitutes at the present day a natural barrier between Kurdistán and Armenia. (Ainsworth, Trav. in the Track of the Ten Thousand, p. 166; Koch, Zug der Zehn Tau-send, p. 78; Chesney, Exaped. Euphrat. vol. i. p. 18.)

[E.B.J]

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