Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A great mole, built by Ptolemy Soter (117–81 b. c.), connecting Pharos island with the mainland at Alexandria in Egypt: so named from its length (seven stadia). The region is now a wide isthmus and occupied.
“Here are light, graceful creations of Hellenic, yonder heavy, sombre ones of Egyptian art, and in the background the exquisite azure of the eternal sea, which the marvellous structure of the heptastadium unites to the land; while on the island of Pharos the lighthouse of Sostratus towers aloft almost to the sky, and with a flood of light points out the way to mariners who approach the great harbour at night.”
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