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PORDOSELE´NE (Πορδοσελήνη: Eth. Πορδοσεληνίτης), the chief of the Hecatonnesi, a group of small islands lying between Lesbos and the coast of Asia. It contained a town of the same name (Scylax, p. 36, Hudson; Strab. xiii. p.618; Steph. B. sub voce. Strabo says (l.c.) that some, in order to avoid the dirty allusion presented by this name, called it Poroselene (Ποροσελήνη), which is the form employed by Ptolemy (5.2.5), Pliny (5.31. s. 38), and Aelian (N. An. 2.6). At a still later time the name was changed into Proselene, under which form the town appears as a bishop's see. (Hierocl. p. 686; Concil. Chalced. p. 530.)


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    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 5.31
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