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ORONTES (Ὀρόντης, Ptol. 6.2.4), a mountain chain of Media, which extended in a south-east direction, passing the Ecbatana of Greater Media (Hamadán). It must be considered as an outlying portion of the still greater chain of the Zagros. It is now called the Erwend or Elwend. It is probable that the name is preserved in the celebrated mountain of Kurdistán, now called Rowándiz. In Armenian geography this mountain district is called Erovántúni; which is evidently connected with the ancient Orontes. (St. Martin, Armenia, vol. ii. pp. 363, 429.)


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