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Kaspiai Pylai/Caucasiae Portae

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: David Braund
Contributors: DARMC, R. Talbert, Sean Gillies, Jeffrey Becker, Diane Braund, Tom Elliott
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Last modified Apr 12, 2021 06:56 PM History
The river Terek flows through the Darial Gorge in eastern Georgia along the flank of Mount Kazbek. This natural pass was known by many names in antiquity, including the Caspian Gates, the Caucasian Gates, and the Gates of Iberia. It was also referred to as the Gates of the Sarmatians and the Gates of the Alans. The latter name provides the source for the current toponym describing the gorge itself. Anderson 1928 notes that "Caspian Gates" (Caspiae portae) is used to refer to at least three locations in the ancient sources, with the Darial Gorge being one of those.

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pass, "gates" (landform)

Barrington Atlas: BAtlas 88 C2 Kaspiai Pylai/Caucasiae Portae


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David Braund, DARMC, R. Talbert, Sean Gillies, Jeffrey Becker, Diane Braund, and Tom Elliott, 'Kaspiai Pylai/Caucasiae Portae: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2021 <> [accessed: 28 September 2023]

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