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.
Dacia is bounded on the north by that part of European Sarmatia, which extends from the Carpathian mountains to:
|that terminus where, as we have shown, the Tyras river is deflected in its course in||53*00||48°30|
on the west by Iazyges Metanastae along the Tibiscus river; on the south by that part of the Danube river between the mouth of the Tibiscus river and Axiopolis, from which town as far as the Pontus and the mouth of the Danube it is called the Ister; the several sections of this southern boundary are:
After the mouth of the Tibiscus river
|the first turn which is west-southwest is in||47*20||44°45|
|then a bend near the entrance of the Rabon river which flows from Dacia in||49*00||43°30|
|and a bend at the entrance of the Ciabrus river which is in||49*30||43°45|
|a bend near the entrance of the Alutas river which comes from the north in Dacia||50*15||44°00|
|a bend near Oescus||51*00||44°00|
|a bend near Axiopolis||54*20||44°45|
thence the Danube river to its mouth is called the Ister as we have said.
On the east Dacia is bounded by the Ister river near the bend close to the town
|Dinogetia, the location of which is in||53*00||46°40|
then by the river Hierasus, which near Dinogetia flows into the Ister from the north, and turning eastward extends as far as the indicated bend of the Tyras river.
The Anarti, the Teurisci and the Coestoboci inhabit Dacia in the northern part, beginning from the west; below these are the Praedavenses, the Rhatacenses, and the Caucoenses; below these, in this order, are the Biephi, the Burideenses, and the Cotenses, and below these are the Albocenses, the Potulatenses, and the Senses; below these, in the southern region, are the Saldenses, the Ciagisi, and the Piephigi.
The most important towns of Dacia are these:
a BIOEA is almost certainly a modern editor's misreading for ΒΙΘΙΑ.
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