, Strab. xiv. pp. 682, 683; Ptol. 5.14.5
), a mountain range in the lofty island of Cyprus. On one of its eminences--breast-shaped (μαστοειδής
)--was a temple to Aphrodite “of the heights” (ἀκραία
), into which women were not permitted to enter. (Strab. l.c.
) This probably implies that all but the “hierodulae” were excluded. (Comp. Claudian, Nupt. Hon. et Mar.
49--85; Achill. Tat. 7.13.)
According to Pococke (Trav.
vol. ii. p. 212; comp. Mariti, Viaggi,
vol. i. p. 206), this part of the chain is now called Haghios Stavros,
or Sta. Croce,
from a convent dedicated to the Cross. (Engel, Kypros,
vol. i. pp. 33--37).