Ancient India As Described by Ptolemy

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 216 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1885. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... his Iabadios bo this island, and not Java, as ia generally supposed. By the Green Sea (lIpucni>S>js Bakaaoa) which formed a part of the southern boundary is meant the southern part of the Indian Ocean which stretched eastward from Cape Prasum (Cape Delgado) the most southern point on the east coast of Africa known to Ptolemy. The island of Mcnouthias was either Zanzibar or one of the islands adjacent to it. It is mentioned by the author of the Periplus. In his description of India beyond the Ganges Ptolemy adheres to the method which he had followed in his account of India within the Ganges. He therefore begins with the coast, which he describes from the Eastern Month of the Ganges to the Great Promontory where India becomes conterminous with the country of the Sinai. The mountains follow, then the rivers, then the towns in the interior, and last of all the islands. 2. The seacoast of this division is thus described. In the Gangetic Gulf beyond the Mouth of the Ganges called Antibolei: -- The coast of the Airrhadoi: -- PentapoKs 150 18 Mouth of River Katabeda... 151 20' 17 Barakoura, a mart 152 30' 16 Mouth of the River Toko sanna 153 14 30' Wilford, probably misled by a corrupt reading, took the name of the Airrhadoi to be another form of Antibole. He says (Asiat. Research., Vol. XIV, p. 444) "Ptolemy says that the easternmost branch of the Ganges was called Antibolo or Airrhadon. This last is from the Sanskrit Hradana; and is the name of the Brahmaputra. Antibole was the name of a town situated at the confluence of several large rivers to the S. E. of Dhakka and now called Feringibazar." By the Airrhadoi, however, are undoubtedly meant the Kirata. With regard to the position here assigned to them Lassen thu...

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