,), one of the great rivers of Asia Minor, which has its sources in Cataonia near the town of Arabissus. (Strab. i. p.53
, xiv. p. 675.) For a time it passes under ground, but then comes forward again as a navigable river, and forces its way through a glen of Mount Taurus, which in some parts is so narrow that a god can leap across it. (Strab. xii. p.536
.) Its course, which until then had been south, now turns to the south-west, and reaches the sea st Mallus in Cilicia.
This river is deep and rapid (Tzetz. ad Lycoph.
440); its average breadth was 1 stadium (Xenoph. Anab.
1.4.1), but it carried with it such a quantity of mud, that, according to an ancient oracle, its deposits were one day to reach the island of Cyprus, and thus unite it with the mainland. (Strab. l.c.;
Eustath. ad Dionys,
867.) Stephanus B. (s. v.) states that formerly this river had been called Leucosyrus. (Comp. Scylax, p. 40
; Ptol. 5.8.4
; Plin. Nat. 5.22
; Pomp. Mela, 1.13; Curtius, 3.7
; Arrian, Arr. Anab. 2.5.8
.) Its modern name is Seihun