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Near the outlet of the Hebrus, which has two mouths, lies the city Aenus,1 on the Melas Gulf;2 it was founded by Mitylenaeans and Cumaeans, though in still earlier times by Alopeconnesians. Then comes Cape Sarpedon; then what is called the Thracian Chersonesus, which forms the Propontis and the Melas Gulf and the Hellespont; for it is a cape which projects towards the south-east, thus connecting Europe with Asia by the strait, seven stadia wide, which is between Abydus and Sestus, and thus having on the left the Propontis and on the right the Melas Gulf—so called, just as Herodotus3 and Eudoxus say, from the Melas River4 which empties into it. But Herodotus,5 he6 says, states that this stream was not sufficient to supply the army of Xerxes. The aforesaid cape is closed in by an isthmus forty stadia wide. Now in the middle of the isthmus is situated the city Lysimacheia, named after the king who founded it; and on either side of it lies a city—on the Melas Gulf, Cardia, the largest of the cities on the Chersonesus, founded by Milesians and Clazomenians but later refounded by Athenians, and on the Propontis, Pactye. And after Cardia come Drabus and Limnae; then Alopeconnesus, in which the Melas Gulf comes approximately to an end; then the large headland, Mazusia; then, on a gulf, Eleus,7 where is the temple of Protesilaus, opposite which, forty stadia distant, is Sigeium,8 a headland of the Troad; and this is about the most southerly extremity of the Chersonesus, being slightly more than four hundred stadia from Cardia; and if one sails around the rest of the circuit, towards the other side of the isthmus, the distance is slightly more than this.

1 Now Enos.

2 Gulf of Saros.

3 7. 58.

4 Now called by the Turks "Kavatch Su."

5 7. 58.

6 sc. Strabo.

7 The better spelling of the name is "Elaeus."

8 Now Yeni-scheher.

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