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CU´RIUM (Κούριον, Ptol. 5.14.2; Steph. B. sub voce Hierocl.; Curias, Plin. Nat. 5.13: Eth. Κουριεύς: Piscopia), a city of Cyprus, situated to the W. of the river Lycus, 16 M. P. from Amathus. (Peut. Tab.) It was said to have been founded by the Argives. (Hdt. 5.113; Strab. xiv. p.683.) Stesenor, its sovereign, betrayed the cause of his country during the war against the Persians. (Herod. l.c.) Near the town was a Cape (Φρούριον, Ptol. 5.14.2: Capo Bianco), from which sacrilegious offenders who had dared to touch the altar of Apollo were thrown into the sea. (Strab. l.c.) The ruins of a town supposed to represent this have been found, near Piscopia, one of the most fertile spots in the island. (Pococke, Trav. vol. ii. p. 329; Engel, Kypros, vol. i. p. 118.)


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