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CEMARA or Chimera (Himarë) S Albania.

The name survives from ancient times through a bishopric of Chimara. The village, situated in a strong position on the lip of a gorge, is set among the ruined fortifications of the ancient city, which was the capital of the Chaonians of this rocky, steep coast. A small plain below Chimera has an exposed beach, and the place was famous for its so-called royal spring of fresh water (Plin. HN 4.1.4). It was a place of refuge for shipping on the very dangerous Ceraunian coast.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

R. L. Beaumont, “Corinth, Ambracia and Apollonia,” JHS 72 (1952) 64, 70; N.G.L. Hammond, Epirus (1967) 124, 679, 699.

N.G.L. HAMMOND

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