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PLINTHINE

PLINTHINE (Πλινθίνη, Strab. xvii. p.799; Ptol. 4.5.8; Steph. B. sub voce the frontier town of Aegypt towards Libya. It stood at the head of the Plinthinetic bay, in latitude 29° 40‘ N., just within the Mareotic nome, but beyond the limits of the Delta proper. There are no remains enabling us to determine the exact site of this town; but it cannot have been far from Taposiris (Abousir), of which the ruins are still visible about 25 miles W. of Alexandreia. An inferior kind of wine was produced in this region of Aegypt; and Hellanicus (Fr. 155) says that the people of Plinthine originally discovered the virtues of the grape. (Athen. 1.34.)

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