(Συραστρηνή, Peripl. M. E.
100.41; Ptol. 7.1.2
), a district of ancient India, near and about the mouths of the Indus. There. can be no doubt that it is represented by the modern Saurashtrán,
for a long time the seat of a powerful nation. Surashtra
means in Sanscrit “the beautiful kingdom.” Ptolemy (l.c.
) mentions a small village Syrastra, which may have once been its capital.
It is probable that the Syrieni of Pliny (6.20. s. 23
) were inhabitants of the same district.