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ˈpɒn təspon·tus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Pontus, Pontosnoun

    (Greek mythology) ancient personification of the sea; father of Nereus

  2. Pontusnoun

    an ancient region of northern Asia Minor on the Black Sea; it reached its height under Mithridates VI but was later incorporated into the Roman Empire


  1. Pontusnoun

    A god of the sea.

  2. Pontusnoun

    An ancient region and kingdom on the southern coast of the Black Sea.

  3. Etymology: Πόντος


  1. pontus

    Pontus can refer to either: 1) An ancient region located in modern-day northeastern Turkey, situated by the coast of the Black Sea. It was named after the Greek term "pontos", meaning "sea". The Kingdom of Pontus existed between 281–62 BC. 2) In Greek mythology, Pontus is known as the primordial god of the sea. He is the son of Gaia (Earth) and precedes the existence of most Olympian gods. His children include various sea deities and creatures.


  1. Pontus

    Pontus is a historical Greek designation for a region on the southern coast of the Black Sea, located in modern-day northeastern Turkey. The name was applied to the coastal region in antiquity by the Greeks who colonized the area, and derived from the Greek name of the Black Sea: Πόντος Εύξεινος Pontos Euxeinos, or simply Pontos. Having originally no specific name, the region east of the river Halys was spoken of as the country εν Πόντοι en Pontôi, "on the [Euxeinos] Pontos", and hence acquired the name of Pontus, which is first found in Xenophon's Anabasis. The extent of the region varied through the ages, but generally it extended from the borders of Colchis until well into Paphlagonia in the west, with varying amounts of hinterland. Several states and provinces bearing the name of Pontus or variants thereof were established in the region in Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine times. Pontus is known for the residence of the Amazons, with the name Amasia not only used for a city but for all of Pontus in Greek mythology.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Pontus

    the classical name of a country on the SE. shores of the Black Sea, stretching from the river Halys to the borders of Armenia; is represented by the modern Turkish provinces of Trebizond and Sivas. Originally a Persian province, it became independent shortly after 400 B.C., and remained so till part was annexed to Bithynia in 65 B.C., and the rest constituted a Roman province in A.D. 63.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. pontus

    An ancient kingdom in the northeast of Asia Minor, which derived its name from its being on the Pontus Euxinus (Black Sea), extending from the river Colchis in the east to the river Halys in the west. In early times, its various parts were designated after the tribes which inhabited them. The most important of those tribes are,—the Leucosyri, Tibareni, Chalybes, Mosynœci, Heptacometæ, Drilæ, Bechires, Byzeres, Colchi, Macrones, Mares, Taochi, and Phasiani. From the middle of the 7th century B.C., many of those tribes inhabiting the coast rose to great power and opulence, spreading Greek culture and civilization around them; while many of those of the interior were extremely savage and wild. According to tradition, it was conquered by Ninus, founder of the Assyrian empire; and it was certainly under the Persian dominion after the time of Cyrus the Great. In the reign of Artaxerxes II., Ariobarzanes conquered several of the Pontian tribes, and laid the foundation of an independent kingdom. Mithridates II. succeeded him 337 B.C., who by availing himself of the disputes of the successors of Alexander, considerably enlarged his dominions. Under Mithridates VI., from 120 to 63 B.C., the kingdom of Pontus rose to its highest dignity. In his war with the Romans his kingdom was dismembered by Pompey in 65 B.C., who annexed the western part of the nation, and gave the remainder to the native chiefs. In 63 A.D. Pontus was made a Roman province, and in the changes which transpired under Constantine the province was divided into two parts.

Anagrams for pontus »

  1. put-ons

  2. puts on

  3. unpots

  4. unstop

  5. unspot

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pontus in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pontus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight
A opaque
B disjointed
C witless
D alternate

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