) “the salt-plain,” a small district in the south-west of Troas, south of the river Satinoeis. (Strab xiii. p. 605.)
It derived its name from the circumstance that, during a part of the year, the country was overflown by the sea, which, on withdrawing, left behind a sediment of salt. Salt-works accordingly existed there at a place called the Tragasaean Salines (τὸ Τραγασαῖον ἁλοπήγιον
There was a story that Lysirnachus levied a duty on the collectors of the salt, and that thereupon the salt disappeared altogether, but reappeared on the withdrawal of the tax. (Athen. 3.73
; comp. Pollux, 6.10; Plin. Nat. 31.41
; Galen, de Temp. Med. Simpl.
ii. p. 151; Hesych. sub voce Τραγασαῖοι; Steph. B. sub voce s. vv.
who, however, by mistake transfers the plain to Epirus.)
According to Leake, the neighbouring hills are composed of salt rock; and the salt-works, which are still in existence, are called by the Turks Tuzla. (Asia Minor,
pp. 273, foll.)