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SYRASTRE´NE (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.


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