(Πικραὶ λίμναι/Pikraì límnai). Term (Str. 17,1,24) for the brackish 'bitter lakes' on the Isthmus of Suez, ancient Egyptian km-wr, 'great black (lake)'. In the 3rd and early 2nd millennia there were fortifications there, later the canal to the Red Sea (Ptolemaïs) was routed through these waters.
K.W. Butzer, s.v. Bitterseen, LÄ 1, 824f.
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Jansen-Winkeln, Karl (Berlin),
“Pikrai Limnai”, 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 10 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e925230>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510