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BACTRUS (Βάκτρος, Strab. xi. p.516; Curt. 7.4.31; Polyaen. 7.7; Lucan 3.267; Plin. Nat. 6.16), the river on which Bactra, the capital town of Bactriana, was situated. It is supposed to be represented by the present Dakash. Harduin, in commenting on the words of Pliny (6.16), “Bactri, quorum oppidum Zariaspe, quod posted Bactrum a flumine appellatum est,” incloses within a parenthesis the words “quod postea Bactrum,” leaving the inference that the river was called Zariaspe. Ptolemy does not mention the river at all. [BACTRA; BACTRIANA.]


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    • Lucan, Civil War, 3.267
    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 6.16
    • Curtius, Historiarum Alexandri Magni, 7.4.31
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