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Ἴς). The modern Hit; a city in the south of Mesopotamia, eight days' journey from Babylon, on the west bank of the Euphrates, and upon a little river of the same name. In its neighbourhood were the springs of asphalt from which was obtained the bitumen that was used, instead of mortar, in the walls of Babylon. (Herod.i. 179).

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