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APHRODI´SIAS (Ἀφροδισιάς), an island adjacent to the N. coast of Africa, marking the extent westward of the people called Giligammae (Hdt. 4.169). Ptolemy mentions it as one of the islands off the coast of Cyrenaïca, calling it also Laea (Λαιὰ Ἀφροδίτης νῆσος, 4.4.14; Steph. B. sub voce Scylax (p. 45, Hudson, p. 109, Gronov.) places it between the Chersonesus Magna (the E. headland of Cyrenaïca) and Naustathmus (near its N. point), and mentions it as a station for ships. The anonymous Periplus gives its position more definitely, between Zephyrium and Chersis; and calls it a port, with a temple of Aphrodite. It may, perhaps, correspond with the island of Al Hiera. (Mannert, vol. x. pt. 2. p. 80.)


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