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Charax Spasin(o)u
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Important mercantile centre in southernmost Mesopotamia, and capital of  Characene; now convincingly located near Ǧabal Ḫayabir, between Qurna and Forat [1]. Charax Spasinou (CS) is regarded as a re-foundation of  Alexandria [4], a city established on the Persian Gulf by Alexander the Great (cf. [2. 1390-1395]), renovated by Antiochus IV in 166/165 and renamed Antioch [3. 2445]. The source of the name is the Aramaic karkā ‘fortified settlement’; the epithet Spasino…

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Oelsner, Joachim (Leipzig), “Charax Spasin(o)u”, 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 14 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e231530>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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