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Strabo, Geography (ed. H.C. Hamilton, Esq., W. Falconer, M.A.), BOOK XIV., CHAPTER VI. (search)
is 1400 stadia.
The Cleides are two small islands lying in front of Cyprus
on the eastern side, at the distance of 700 stadia from the
The Acamas is a promontory with two paps, and upon it
is a large forest. It is situated at the western part of the
island, but extends towards the north, approaching very near
Selinus in Cilicia Tracheia, for the passage across is only
1000 stadia; to Side in Pamphylia the passage is 1600 stadia,
and to the Chelidoniæ (islands) 1900 stadia.
The figure of the whole island is oblong, and in some places
on the sides, which define its breadth, there are isthmuses.
We shall describe the several parts of the island briefly, beginning from the point nearest to the continent.
We have said before, that opposite to Anemyrium, a
promontory of Cilicia Tracheia, is the extremity of Cyprus,
namely, the promontory of Crommyon,Kormakiti. at the distance of 350
From the cape, keeping the island on the right hand, and
Strabo, Geography (ed. H.C. Hamilton, Esq., W. Falconer, M.A.), BOOK XVI., CHAPTER II. (search)
to death. Next is the road to Pelusium, on which is situated
Gerrha;B. xvi. c. iii. § 3. and the rampart, as it is called, of Chabrias, and the
pits near Pelusium, formed by the overflowing of the Nile in
places naturally hollow and marshy.
Such is the nature of Phœnicia. Artemidorus says, that
from Orthosia to Pelusium is 3650 stadia, including the winding of
the bays, and from Melænæ or Melania in Cilicia to
Celenderis,B. xiv. c. v. § 3. on the confines of Cilicia and Syria, are 1900
stadia; thence to the Orontes 520 stadia, and from Orontes
to Orthosia 1130 stadia.
The western extremities of Judæa towards Casius are
occupied by Idumæans, and by the lake [Sirbonis]. The
Idumæans are Nabatæans. When driven from their countryArabia Petræa. Petra, now called Karac, was the capital. by
sedition, they passed over to the Jews, and adopted
their customs.Josephus, Ant. Jud. xiii. 9. 1. The greater part of the country along the
coast to Jerusalem is occupied by the Lak