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BE´SBICUS (Βέσβικος : Eth. Βεσβικηνός), a small island in the Propontis, in the neighbourhood of Cyzicus. (Steph. B. sub voce Βέσβικος.) The mythical story, quoted by Stephanus from Agathocles, fixes the island near the outlet of the Rhyndacus. Pliny (5.32) places Besbicus opposite to the mouth of the Rhyndacus, and gives it a circuit of 18 Roman miles. In another passage (2.88) he enumerates it among the islands which have been separated from the adjacent mainlands by earthquakes. The position assigned to Besbicus by Pliny and Strabo (p. 576) corresponds with that of Kalolimno, a small island which is about 10 miles N. of the mouth of the Rhyndacus.


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    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 5.32
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