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than of Asia: for although the Tansis has been long, by common consent, deemed to be the boundary of these two quarters of the globe, we learn from Arrian, as we indeed had before heard from Herodotus*, who clearly adopts the opinion, that the Phasis was once considered in that light; and this ancient point of geography has been the means of preserving to us a fragment of a lost play of ff?schylus?', the Prometheus Released (the sequel of the drama that has come down to us, the Prometheus Bound), which ArtJan quotes in order to prove his assertion. The Titans are made to say to Prometheus, ' We are come, and then, in relating what countries they imve traversed in their course, they specify This true Sebastopol, or Dinscourias, was also a place of the greatest consequence to the commerce of the ancient world, inas- much as it was the great port from which tile prod6ce o� the countries in the neighbourhood of Caucasus, and of India itself, was shipped for. Europe: and so great was the concourse of mer- chants there assembled, and so various their tongues, that we are told by Pliny�e Romans maintained in that city no less than one hundred and thirty interpreters, to facilitate the progress of their traffic with the Pe6ple of three hundred nations. We can- not, perhaps, better illustrate the facility of mist/?ke between the two Sebastopols, than by saying that Captain Jones has inad- vertently applied this statement to the Sebastopol of the Crimeall. But although ArtJan gives us much information upon the loca- lity of places on the south and eastern side of the Euxine, it is

  • Melpomcue, c. 45.

? As ?-.schylus and Herodotus were so near each other in point oftlme, we may infer that this opinion was the common one of their day. It is rather a curious point of chronology, with rospe?c. t to some of the principal authors who have come down to us, that at the battle of Salamis, B.C. 4?0, dgsohylus was forty-five years 01d, fought in it as he did at Marathon, and describes it in his Persin; Pindar was thirty-eight; Sophocles was twenty-five; Herodotus was four; and Euripides was born on the very day. (?d I have adopted this emendation of the words of Arrian? which cannot be recon- from Bp. Blomtleld's preface to the Persin ot?Esehylus, p. xv., where he points out another geographical fragment of the same play in Strabo. ? Urbe Colchorum Dioscuriade, juxta fi?vium Anthemunta, ?.u. nc deserts: quon- dam adeo clara, ut Timosthones in earn ccc nationes, quee dissimdlbus linguis uteren- fur, descendere prodiderit: et postes a nestris cxxzinterpretibtm negoti& ibi gesta.? ?lin. lib. vi. cap. ?. Dig,tiz?d by Googlc