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LYCUS (Λύκος), a river of Sarmatia, which flows through the country of the Thyssagetae, and discharges itself into the Palus Maeotis. (Hdt. 4.124.) Herodotus was so much in error about the position of the Maeotis, that it is difficult to make out his geography here. The Lycus has been identified with the LAGOUS of Pliny (6.7), or the upper course of the Volga. (Comp. Schafarik, Slav. Alt. vol. i. p. 499.) Rennell (Geog. of Herod. vol. i. p. 119) supposes it may be the Medweditza. It must be distinguished from the Lycus of Ptolemy (3.5.13), which is the modern Kalmius. (Schafarik, l.c.)


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    • Herodotus, Histories, 4.124
    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 6.7
    • Claudius Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos, 3.5
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