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Yamunā
(80 words)

[German version]

The largest tributary of the Ganges; Iomanes in Arr. Ind. 8,5 (Ἰωμάνης/Iōmánēs, Var. Ἰωβάρης/Iōbárēs) and Plin. HN 6,21,63; 6,22,69; 6,23,73; Διαμούνας/Diamoúnas in Ptol. 7,1,29 (probably from Prakrit Jamunā), perhaps identical to the Οἰδάνης/Oidánēs of Artemidorus (in Str. 15,1,72). The river rises in the western Himalayas and joins with the Ganges at Allahabad. Between the Y. in the west and the Ganges in the east is the Doab, the ancient heartland of Aryan India.

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Karttunen, Klaus (Helsinki), “Yamunā”, 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 23 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e12213950>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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