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EPIMARANI´TAE

EPIMARANI´TAE an Arab tribe mentioned under this name, only by Pliny, perhaps identical with the Anariti of Ptolemy. (Plin. Nat. 6.28; Ptol. 6.7; Forster, Arabia, vol. i. pp. 62, 64, 75.) Pliny places them between the Canis flumen and the Eblitaei montes; Ptolemy, between the Melanes montes, or the promontory of the Asabi (Cape Mussendom), and the river Lar, at the SE. quarter of the peninsula. Mr. Forster holds the name, in both its aspects, to be an anagrammatic form of “Rhamanitae, or the sons of Raamah,” deriving their origin and name from “Raamah the son of Cush” (Gen. 10.7; Ezek. 27.22); and this identification is supported by the fact that the first place [p. 1.843]mentioned by Ptolemy in the country of the Nariti, is Rhegma (Ῥεγμά), the precise form of Raamah in the LXX. He says that the tribe and province of Marah, and the town Ramah, are still found in this part of the Arabian peninsula.

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