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CARPA´SIA (Καρπασία, Strab., Ptol., Diod., Steph. B. sub voce Καρπασεία, Stadiasm.; *karpa/sion, Hierocl.; Plin. Nat. 5.31. s. 35; Κάρπασος, Const. Porph.: Eth.Καρπασεῶτης, Eth. Καρπασεύς, Steph. B. sub voce: Carpas), a town and port of Cyprus, to the NE. of the island, facing the promontory of Sarpedon on the Cilician coast. (Strab. xiv. p.682; Ptol. 5.14.4; Scylax.) According to legend, it was founded by Pygmalion. (Steph. B. sub voce It was taken by Demetrius Poliorcetes, together with a neighbouring place called Urania. (Diod. 20.48.) Pococke (Trav. vol. ii. p. 219) speaks of remains at Carpas, especially of a wall nearly half a mile in circumference, with a pier running into the sea. (Engel, Kypros, vol. i. pp. 83, 174; Mém. de l'Acad. des Inscrip. vol. xxxii. p. 543; Mariti, Viaggi, vol. i. p. 163.)


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