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Headword: *)eruqra\ qa/lassa
Adler number: epsilon,3097
Translated headword: Red Sea
Vetting Status: high
['Red Sea'] was the name given to the Persian Gulf, not from the colour of the waves, as some suppose, but to perpetuate the name of a man called Erythros ["Red"] who had held sway in the region.
Greek Original:
*)eruqra\ qa/lassa e)klh/qh o( *persiko\s ko/lpos, ou)k a)po\ th=s xroia=s tou= r(oqi/ou, kaqa/per tine\s oi)/ontai, a)ll' e)/k tinos a)ndro\s *)eruqrou= th\n proshgori/an, e)ndunasteu/santos toi=sde toi=s to/pois.
Arrian, Parthika fr. 71.
See generally OCD(4) s.v. Red Sea: "This name, from a legendary eponymous king of the Persian Gulf, was extended by the ancients to cover all eastern waters, including the Indian Ocean; it specifically referred to the modern Red Sea and Persian Gulf".
Keywords: aetiology; biography; geography; historiography; science and technology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 9 October 2005@07:44:15.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, status) on 10 October 2005@21:13:02.
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 11 October 2005@03:19:40.
David Whitehead on 29 October 2012@10:48:48.
David Whitehead on 3 August 2014@08:34:55.
David Whitehead on 14 February 2016@09:31:37.


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