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Gulf included Oman Sea in Ancient Times
Sebastian. Tabvla Asiae VI. Basle, 1542, Latin text.
of the earliest map
showing the body of Water
next to Arabia as
"Sinus Persicus" the Sea of Persia.
leading Pakistani archaeologist observed on Sunday that the
Persian Gulf region in ancient times was referred to by the same
name and even included the eastern part of the Hormuz Strait
extending to the western and northeastern parts of the Indian
"While the eastern borders of the Achaemenid Empire reached
the Sindh Valley, where it met the western borders of the
Chinese Empire, the greater Persian Gulf or Sea of Persia'
region, which was ruled by the Achaemenid king of kings, covered
the present Persian Gulf region as well as the northwest and
parts of the sub-continent down to Bombay," Professor Ahmed
Hasan Dani told IRNA.
The retired professor of international repute said that in
addition to the northern coasts of the Persian Gulf, the western
and southern coasts were also conquered by the Achaemenid kings
and their local rulers were subjected to pay taxes to King
Darius and King Cyrus.
The leading archaeologist expressed surprise over the
publication of an atlas by a Western magazine publisher calling
the sea "Arabian Gulf" instead of Persian Gulf, adding
that geographical or scientific publications should not be
affected by political or racial motivations.
Historical facts, Prof. Dani remarked, cannot be ignored and any
attempt to manipulate facts will negatively affect the
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