(Ἰαβαδίου; Iabadíou; Old Indic Yavadvīpa, modern Java or Sumatra). Large island in south-east Asia (Ptol. 7,2,29). The identification is still disputed but Ptolemy knew that the name meant ‘Island of Barley’ (Old Indic, yava, barley). Supposedly it was rich in gold and its capital was called Argyre.
A. Herrmann, s.v. I. nesos, RE 9, 1175-77.
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Karttunen, Klaus (Helsinki),
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 01 August 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e520500>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510