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DREPANON (Haghios Georghios tis Peyias) Cyprus.

On the W coast, due NW of the village of Peyia. The ruins of a small town spread over a headland off the extremity of which lies the small island of St. George. There is no clue to the name of this town though Sakellarios suggests Tegessos. The name of the cape, however, is given by Ptolemy the geographer as Drepanon, and this name may apply also to the town.

There are massive ruins of ancient buildings and in Hogarth's day the remains of a small theater were still visible. In the seaward face of the cliff are rock-cut tombs in two tiers. The visible remains of the town date from Hellenistic, Graeco-Roman, and Early Byzantine times, after which it was abandoned, evidently at the time of the first Arab raids of A.D. 647

Three Early Christian basilican churches with mosaic floors and a bath establishment have been uncovered in recent years, but otherwise the site remains unexcavated.


D. G. Hogarth, Devia Cypria (1889); A. Sakellarios, Τὰ Κυπριακά(1890)I; RE, s.v.

Drepanon. K. NICOLAOU

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