). A district of Asia Minor, to which different
boundaries were assigned at different times. Under the Persian Empire it included the whole
country inhabited by a people of Syrian origin, who were called (from their complexion) White
Syrians (Leucosyri), and also Cappadoces. Their country embraced the whole northeast part of
Asia Minor, east of the river Halys and north of Mount Taurus, which was afterwards divided
into Pontus and Cappadocia proper. (See Pontus
this division took place is uncertain; but we find that under the Persian Empire the whole
country was governed by a line of hereditary satraps, who eventually became independent kings.
At a later period Cappadocia proper was governed by a line of independent monarchs. In A.D.
17, Archelaüs, the last king, died at Rome, and Tiberius made Cappadocia a Roman
province. Cappadocia was a rough and mountainous region. Its fine pastures supported an
abundance of good horses and mules.