Sarapion

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This article is about the historic city, for the modern city see Mogadishu.
Ancient
Sarapion
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Location Somalia
City-state existed: 2nd century

Sarapion (Ancient Greek: Σαράπιον, also spelled Serapion), was an ancient port city in present-day Somalia. It was situated on a site that later became Mogadishu.

History

Sarapion was briefly mentioned in Ptolemy's Geographia as one of the harbours a trader would encounter after sailing in a southernly direction on the Indian Ocean, passing along the way by the Market of Spices (Damo) and the emporium of Opone. The town is believed by modern scholars to have been positioned in the vicinity of Mogadishu and Warsheikh in present-day south-central Somalia.[1][2]

See also

References

  1. An introduction to Somali history from 5000 years B.C. down to the present time By Mohamed Jama pg 19
  2. Boats of the World: From the Stone Age to Medieval Times By Seán McGrail pg 52