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Magnus Sinus
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(μέγας κόλπος/mégas kólpos, Ptol. 7,2,1; 7,3,1). A large ocean gulf in India extra Gangem, adjoining the Sinae, i.e. south-east Asia, with three rivers: Daonas, Dorias and Seros (Ptol. 7,2,7). Although the geography of south-east Asia seems hopelessly distorted in Ptolemy, and all interpretations of place names in that region must remain highly hypothetical, nonetheless the Magnus Sinus can be identified with the waters lying between the Malacca Peninsula and southern China.

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H. Treidler, s.v. Μέγας κόλπος, RE Suppl…

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Karttunen, Klaus (Helsinki), “Magnus Sinus”, 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 18 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e717720>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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