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Above Phanaroea is the Pontic Comana, which bears the same name as the city in Greater Cappadocia, having been consecrated to the same goddess and copied after that city; and I might almost say that the courses which they have followed in their sacrifices, in their divine obsessions, and in their reverence for their priests, are about the same, and particularly in the times of the kings who reigned before this, I mean in the times when twice a year, during the "exoduses"1 of the goddess, as they are called, the priest wore a diadem2 and ranked second in honor after the king.

1 i.e., "solemn processions."

2 As a symbol of regal dignity.

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