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The Hellespont (page 84)

The Hellespont is the ancient name for the narrow, 65 kilometer water passage between the Aegean Sea and the Sea of Marmara. The Hellespont is known as the Dardanelles today.

Map showing the Hellespont

Map source: http://www.livius.org/a/1/maps/hellespont.GIF

According to an ancient Greek legend, the Hellespont was named after a girl named Helle, who fell into the sea (hence 'the sea of Helle'). The Hellespont connects the Aegean Sea in the southwest to the Sea of Marmara and Black Sea in the northeast. The Hellespont has always been regarded as the boundary between Asia to the southeast and Europe in the northwest.

Map showing the Hellespont, at the confluence of Europe and Asia

Source URL: http://maps.google.com.hk/maps?hl=en&newwindow=1&safe=strict&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&biw=1366&bih=665&q=europe+map&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x46ed8886cfadda85:0x72ef99e6b3fcf079,Europe&gl=hk&sa=X&ei=0UXfT6KoLefYigfLsoCfCg&ved=0CAoQ8gEwAA (and zoom in on the border between Greece and Turkey)

In The Kingdom of This World, the term is mentioned when Pauline stepped on board, she felt like a queen on the frigate. Pauline recalled something like the Hellespont whitening beneath the oars.

For further information, including more images, go to:

http://www.livius.org/he-hg/hellespont/hellespont.html



   
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