(Πύργος Λίθινος: Ptol. 1,12,8 M.; 6,13,2 N.; literally 'stone tower'). Important station on the Pamir on the Silk Road leading to China from the west via Antioch  and Bactra. Despite the favourable situation with regard to sources - Ptolemy uses the itinerary of Marinus  of Tyre as his basis, the latter the notes of the silk trader Maēs Titianus - no one has yet succeeded in a full identification; the town is however marked on the map [2. 6 D2].
1 J. I. Miller, The Spice Trade of the Roman Empir…
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Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) and
Nissen, Hans Jörg (Berlin),
“Pyrgos Lithinos”, 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 24 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1015560>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510