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MELAS (Μέλας).


A small river of Cappadocia, which had its sources on Mount Argaeus (Ptol. 5.6.8), and flowed in a north-western direction past the town of Mazaca, frequently overflowing its banks and forming marshes. (Strab. xii. p.538, &c.) It emptied itself into the river Halys, opposite the town of Siva. Strabo (l.c.) erroneously describes the Melas as a tributary of the Euphrates, as has been shown by Hamilton in the Journal of the Geogr. Society, vol. viii. p. 149 (comp. his Researches, ii. p. 259, &c.). The river still bears a [p. 2.319]name answering to the ancient Melas, Kara-Su, that is, the Black River.


A navigable river in Pamphylia, flooring in a southern direction from Mount Taurus towards the sea, into which it emptied itself 50 stadia to the east of Side. (Plin. Nat. 5.22; Strab. xiv. p.667; Paus. 8.28.2; Mela, 1.14; Zosim. 5.16, 6.3; Stadiasm. Mar. Magn. § § 193, 194.) Its modern name is Menavgat-Su. (Leake, Asia Minor, p. 196.)


A small river in Pontus Polemoniacus, in the country of the Macrones. (Plin. Nat. 6.4.) [L.S]

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    • Pausanias, Description of Greece, 8.28.2
    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 5.22
    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 6.4
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