), a river of Troas, having its sources in Mount Ida, a little above the town of Astyra; it flows in a north western direction, and after passing by Astyra and Cremaste, discharges itself into the Hellespont between Dardanus and Abydus. (Hom. Il. 12.20
; Hesiod, Hes. Th. 341
; Strab. xii. p.554
, xiii. pp. 595, 603; Plin. Nat. 5.33
.) Strabo (xiii. p.595
) states that some regarded the Rhodius as a tributary of the Aesepus; but they must have been mistaken, as the river is mentioned on the coins of Dardanus. (Sestini, Geog. Numis.
p. 39.) Pliny (l.c.
) states that this ancient river no longer existed; and some modern writers identify it with the Pydius mentioned by Thucydides (8.106
; comp. Hesych. and Phavorin. s. v. Πύδιον
). Richter (Wallfahrten,
p. 457) describes its present condition as that of a brook flowing into the Dardanelles
by many mouths and marshes.