stance of seven days sail from the sea up the river.
What they said of their country seemed to me very reasonable; for any one who sees Egypt, without having heard a word of it before, must perceive, if he have only common powers of observation, that the Egypt to which the Greeks go in their ships is an acquired country, the gift of the river.
Wilkinson contradicts the statement, very unreasonably.
In this connection it may be remarked that the alluvial plain at the mouth of the Meander, in Asia Minor, has been advanced toward the sea, in the historic times, a distance of twelve or thirteen miles.
At Ephesus there is now a plain, of three miles width, between the temple and the sea, which has been entirely created since the days of Herodotus.
Ostia, the former port of Rome, is now many miles inland.
Herodotus referred (450 B. C.) to the action of the river Meander, and also stated that the river Achelous, which, after passing through Acarnania, empties itself into the s