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HIERA SYCAMINUS (Ιερὰ Συκάμινος, Ptol. 4.5.74; Συκάμινος, Philostrat. Vit. Apoll. 6.2; Plin. Nat. 6.29. s. 32; It. Anton. p. 162), the southern frontier town of the Regio Dodecaschoenus. [AETHIOPIA] The island Tachompso had been the original boundary; but the Romans extended it southward to Hierasycaminos. Here Apollonius of Tyana (Philostrat. l.c.) found one of those African markets in which wares,--gold, linen, ivory, and gums,--are exposed for sale, while the buyers and sellers kept apart from each other until each party had deposited a satisfactory equivalent. Hiera Sycaminos is now probably represented by Wady Maharrakah, where the ruins of a temple are still visible. The distance between Syene, the N. boundary of this district, and Wady Maharrakah (720 stades == 12 schoeni == 90 miles), favours this supposition. Lat. 22° N.


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    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 6.29
    • Claudius Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos, 4.5
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