American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- See Dardanelles.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A narrow strait between Europe and Asia, now called the
Daradanelles. It connects the Ægean Sea and the sea of Marmora.
- n. the strait between the Aegean and the Sea of Marmara that separates European Turkey from Asian Turkey
- From Ancient Greek Ἑλλήσποντος (Hellēspontos). (Wiktionary)
“The navigation from the issue of the Bosphorus to the entrance of the Hellespont is about one hundred and twenty miles.”
“The naval victory of the Hellespont is fixed to the month Apellaeus, the tenth of the Calends of”
“The more diligent of the strangers had retreated, on the first alarm, to their vessels, and escaped through the Hellespont from the scene of blood.”
“The people afterward named it in memory of her, calling it 'Hellespont' -- 'Helle's Sea.”
“The Hellespont is a narrow ribbon of water, about thirty-eight miles long, separating Anatolia from the continent of Europe.”
“Hellespont, that is presenting their prows (or sterns) to the stream, yet this did not mean that they pointed straight towards the Propontis and Euxine; for the stream after passing Sestos runs almost from North to South with even a slight tendency to the East”
“This Bosphorus extends to the Propontis; and the Propontis, being in breadth five hundred furlongs and in length one thousand four hundred, has its outlet into the Hellespont, which is but seven furlongs broad at the narrowest place, though it is four hundred furlongs in length: and the Hellespont runs out into that expanse of sea which is called the Egean.”
“The Hellespont was a small slice of No Man's Land.”
“The Hellespont was the true crossroads between East and West.”
“Caius, in imitation of Xerxes, who, to the astonishment of the world, laid a bridge over the Hellespont, which is somewhat narrower than the distance betwixt Baiae and Puteoli.”
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