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.
My notes on the Map:
No information has been added to Ptolemy's text as I have it; there is almost no topographic information, and the courses of the rivers remain unmapped.
This is a case where the text looked fine until I plotted the map: which then made me realize that the 1932 editor had mistranscribed the latitude of Casalus Bay (see below).
Cyrnus island, which is also called Corsica, is surrounded on the west and the north by the Ligurian sea, on the east by the Tyrrhenian sea, and on the south by that sea which lies between it and the Sardinian island.
The seacoast of this island, if we begin in the middle on the north side, is described in this order:
Description of the west coast:
|Casalus bay||30*15||40°45 ? a|
|mouth of the Circidius river||30*10||40°25|
|mouth of the Locra river||30*10||39°55|
|mouth of the Ticarius river||30*15||39°40|
Description of the south coast:
|mouth of the Pitanus river||30*45||39°20|
|Marianum promontory and town||31*00||39°10|
Description of the east coast:
|mouth of the Sacer river||31*30||40°00|
|mouth of the Rotanus river||31*30||40°10|
|mouth of the Guola river||31*30||40°35|
Description of the northeast coast:
The native races inhabiting the island are the following: the Cervini, occupying the western part above the Aureus mountains
|and the location is||30*45||40°45|
Below these are the Tarabeni; then the Titiani; next the Balatini; more to the north are the Vanacini; below whom are the Celebenses; then the Licmini and the Macrini; below whom are the Opini; then the Symbri and the Coymaseni; below these but more toward the south are the Subasani.
The towns in the interior are
The 1932 edition has
but this is an error. The map that figure yields shows the mistake clearly. This is no longer a bay but an unlikely estuary. I've followed the medieval map, which marks Casalus Bay at around 40°45N.
in 380 AD
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