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PORPHYRI´TES MONS (Πορφυρίτης ὄρος, Ptol. 4.5.27), a long but not very lofty range of mountains which ran along the western shore of the Arabian Sea, nearly from lat. 26° to 27° N. Towards the sea its sides were abrupt, although occasionally scooped into serviceable harbours, e. g. the Portus Albus and Philoteras. On the land side it sloped more gradually, breaking, however, the eastern desert with numerous bluffs and ridges, and sending forth its spurs as far as Tentyra and Antaeopolis S. and N. respectively.


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    • Claudius Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos, 4.5
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