Saturday, March 26, 2011

Ancient Greek cities in Asia


Taprobane is the ancient Greek name for Sri Lanka.

There is a river Phasis in prehistoric Colchis (near Caucasus) and a river Phasis in Taprobane. According to Nonnos (Dionysiaka 13, 223), the Cretans had built a colony in Colchis. Diodorus (5, 42 and 46) writes that in the island Pachaea near India there were Cretan priests from the time of Zeus. Ptolemy (Geography 7, 2, 25) mentions a city Tharra in Thailand. But this is a Cretan name.

The last three maps are based on Ptolemy's coordinates.

1 comment:

  1. These are great! It amazes me, how much the ancients knew about, especially the Greeks.