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This webpage reproduces a section of
The Geography

of
Claudius Ptolemy

published in English translation by Dover Publications, 1991

The text is in the public domain.

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Book II, Chapter 15

Location of Illyria or Liburnia, and of Dalmatia
(Fifth Map of Europe)

Thayer's Note: Stevenson's "translation" of Ptolemy, to which this page belongs, is abysmally bad. It should not be used for any serious purpose. For details and correctives, see my Ptolemy homepage.

Illyriaº is terminated on the north by both Pannonias along those borders which we have referred to above; on the west by Istria along that line,

one terminus of which is toward Upper Pannonia in 36*30 45°10
the other on the Adriatic in 36*30 44°50

It is bounded on the east by Upper Moesia along the line which leads from the indicated entrance of the Save into the Danube as far as the Scardus mountains,

the terminal position of which is in 47*00 41°40

It is bounded on the south by the part of Macedonia along that line which runs from the indicated terminus to the Adriatic bay,

the other terminus of which is in 45*00 41°00

and then by the coast of the Adriatic to the indicated terminus near Istria. The several parts of its boundaries are in the following order: after Istria then the land of Italia. In Illyria:

The maritime shore of Liburnia

Alvona 36*50 45°00
Flanona 37*00 44°50
Tarsatica 37*40 44°45
mouth of the Oeneus river 38*00 44°45
Volcera 38*30 44°45
Senia 39*00 44°40
Lopsica 39*15 44°40
mouth of the Tedanius river 39*20 44°30
Ortopla 40*00 44°30
Vegia 40*20 44°30
Argyruntum 40*45 44°10
Corinium 41*10 44°00
Aenona 41*30 44°00
Iader colonia 42*00 43°45
mouth of the Titus river 42*20 43°10
Scardona 42*40 43°30

Maritime shore of Dalmatia

Sicum 43*00 43°20
Salonae colonia 43*20 43°10
Epetium 43*40 43°00
Pituntium 44*00 42°45
Onaeum 44*00 42°30
mouth of the Naronus river 44*30 42°20
Epidaurus 44*40 42°20
Rhisium 44*40 42°15
Acruvium 44*45 42°00
Rhizonicus bay 45*00 42°00
Butua 45*00 41°45
Ulcinium 45*00 41°30
mouth of the Drilo river 45*00 41°20
Lissus 45*00 41°10

The river Drilo flows from the Scardus mountains and from that other mountain which is near the middle of Upper Moesia,

the location of which is in 45*40 42°40

From this another river, the Drinus, joining the Save river, empties into it on the west of the town Tauruno.

The Ispydes, the Hyllaei and the Bulimenses inhabit this Istrian province bordering on the seacoast; above these in Liburnia toward the west are the Mazaei, then the Derriopes and the Derri, and above the Derriopes are the Dindari, above these are the Ditiones, and above the Derri are the Cerauni; in Dalmatia are the Daursi, below whom are the Melcomenii and the Vardaei, below these are the Narensi and the Sardiotae and below these are the Siculotae, the Docleatae, the Pirustae, and the Scirtones near Macedonia.

The inland towns of Liburnia are

Tediastum 39*00 44°50
Aruccia 39*30 44°45
Ardotium 40*00 44°50
Stulpi 39*30 44°40
Curcum 40*30 44°30
Ausancali 41*30 44°45
Varvaria 41*10 44°10
Salvia 41*20 44°40
Adra 42*30 44°40
Arauzona 42*30 44°20
Assesia 42*15 44°20
Burnum 42*45 44°20
Sidrona 43*30 44°30
Blanona 42*10 44°00
Ouporum 43*00 44°00
Nedinum 44*30 44°15

The inland towns of Dalmatia are

Andecrium 43*30 43°30
Aleta 44*00 43°10
Herona 44*20 43°45
Delminium 44*40 43°20
Aequum colonia 44*30 43°20
Saloniana 45*00 43°20
Narona colonia 44*20 42°45
Enderum 45*30 42°50
Chinna 45*40 42°30
Doclea 45*20 42°15
Rhizana 45*15 42°00
Scodra 45*30 41°30
Thermidava 46*00 41°45
Siparuntum 46*30 42°10
Epicaria 45*30 41°15
Iminacium 46*00 41°20

The islands near Liburnia are Apsorrus, in which are two towns

Crepsa 36*40 44°30
Apsorrus 36*50 44°30

and Curicta, in which are two towns

Fulfinium 38*10 44°20
Curicum 38*20 44°15

and the island Scardona, in which are two towns

Arba 40*40 43°40
Collentum 41*40 43°30

Near Dalmatia are the islands

Issa and the town 42*20 43°00
Tragurium and town 43*00 42°15
Pharia and town 42*00 42°20
Corcyra Nigra 44*00 41°45
Melita island 44*10 41°20


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