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Calpe
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[1] Rock of Gibraltar

The rock of Gibraltar ( Pylae Gadeirides). The derivation of the name from the Greek κάλπη (kálpē) = κάλπις/kálpis ‘jug’ (already found in Avien. 348) is founded on popular etymology, based on the cavity in the eastern face of the rock (Mela 2,95), which nowadays is largely taken up by fill and the town of Gibraltar itself [1]. Maybe the Greeks transferred this name -- of unknown origin -- from the Bithynian C. (modern K…

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Barceló, Pedro (Potsdam) and Strobel, Karl (Klagenfurt), “Calpe”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 22 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e607320>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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