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Leuke Ins./Achilleos Nesos

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: David Braund
Contributors: R. Talbert, Brady Kiesling, Sean Gillies, Jeffrey Becker, Diane Braund, Tom Elliott
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Last modified Mar 01, 2022 10:57 PM History
An island located in the Black Sea to the east of the mouth of the Danube River, approximately 35 km from the coast. In antiquity, the island was thought to be sacred to the Greek hero Achilles. The ancient name "White Island" was derived from the presence of white serpents, according to Dionysius Periegetes.

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Barrington Atlas: BAtlas 23 D3 Leuke Ins./Achilleos Nesos

The Barrington Atlas Directory notes: Zmeinyi. For Pliny the Elder, the Racecourse of Achilles (Dromos Achilleos) is located some 125 miles from the island, near to the coast of Crimea and close to the mouth of the Dnieper in this place.

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David Braund, R. Talbert, Brady Kiesling, Sean Gillies, Jeffrey Becker, Diane Braund, and Tom Elliott, 'Leuke Ins./Achilleos Nesos: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2022 <> [accessed: 11 December 2023]

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