, Philostorg. H. E. 3.4), called ATHANA by Pliny (6.28. s. 32
), and ARABIA FELIX (Ἀραξία εὐδαίμων
), in the Periplus of Arrian (p. 14), now Aden,
the chief seaport in the country of Homeritae on the S. coast of Arabia.
It became at a very early period the great mart for the trade between Egypt, Arabia, and India; and although destroyed by the Romans, probably by Aelius Gallus in his expedition against Arabia, in the reign of Augustus, it speedily revived, and has ever since remained a place of note.
It has revived conspicuously within the last few years, having fallen into the possession of the English, and become one of the stations for the steamers which navigate the Red Sea.