country. Pliny notes, however,
that in his time it had ceased to he produced there, and our
supply comes from Persia and the East Indies.
Cyrenis: Cyrenae (Gr.
*kurh/nh) was the
capital of the district of Libya, called Cyrenaica, that bordered upon the Syrtis
major. It was founded, according to tradition, about the
middle of the seventh century B.C., by Battus, otherwise
called Aristotle, a Greek from the island of Thera, and attained great
reputation as a centre of trade, and as the birthplace of
Eratosthenes, Aristippus, and Callimachus.
oraclum Iovis: the
Egyptian deity Ammon, or Hammon, originally worshipped in
under the form of a ram, or of a human figure with a ram's
horns, had his most famous temple and oracle in the oasis of
Siwah in the
Libyan desert, 400 miles from Cyrene (Plin.
l.c.). He was ident