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Then, after Corycus, one comes to Elaeussa, an island lying close to the mainland, which Archelaüs settled, making it a royal residence,1 after he had received2 the whole of Cilicia Tracheia except Seleuceia—the same way in which it was obtained formerly by Amyntas3 and still earlier by Cleopatra;4 for since the region was naturally well adapted to the business of piracy both by land and by sea—by land, because of the height of the mountains and the large tribes that live beyond them, tribes which have plains and farm-lands that are large and easily overrun, and by sea, because of the good supply, not only of shipbuilding timber, but also of harbors and fortresses and secret recesses—with all this in view, I say, the Romans thought that it was better for the region to be ruled by kings than to be under the Roman prefects sent to administer justice, who were not likely always to be present or to have armed forces with them. Thus Archelaüs received, in addition to Cappadocia, Cilicia Tracheia; and the boundary5 of the latter, the river Lamus and the village of the same name, lies between Soli and Elaeussa.

1 See 12. 2. 7.

2 i.e., from the Romans (see 12. 1. 4).

3 See 12. 5. 1.

4 See section 3 above.

5 i.e., on the east.

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