(Μάσκας; Máskas). Xen. An. 1,5,4 locates the River M. south of the confluence of the Chabora ( Ḫabur) and the Euphrates and describes it as encircling the city of Corsote in the desert. It may well have been only a canal. Etymologically, it is perhaps connected with the Akkadian mašqû, ‘watering hole/place’. There was a Neo-Assyrian town called Mašqite in the north of Anatolia.
R. D. Barnett, Xenophon and the Wall of Media, in: JHS 73, 1963, 4f.
F. H. Weissbach, s.v. M., RE 14, 2069f.