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PANTICAPES

PANTICAPES (Παντυκάπης), a river of European Sarmatia, between the Borysthenes and the Tanais, rises in a lake, according to Herodotus, in the N., separates the agricultural and nomad Scythians, flows through the district Hylaea, and falls into the Borysthenes. (Hdt. 4.18, 19, 47, 54; comp. Plin. Nat. 4.12. s. 26; Mela, 2.1.5.) Dionysius Per. (314) says that it rises in the Rhipaean mountains. Many suppose it to be the Samara; but it cannot be identified with certainty with any modern river. For the various opinions held on the subject, see Bahr, ad Herod. 4.54; Ukert, vol. iii. pt. ii. p. 191. Stephanus B. erroneously states that the town of Panticapaeum stood upon a river Panticapes. [PANTICAPAEUM]

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    • Herodotus, Histories, 4.18
    • Herodotus, Histories, 4.47
    • Herodotus, Histories, 4.54
    • Herodotus, Histories, 4.19
    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 4.12
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