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BORE´UM, BORI´ON (Βόρειον ἄκρον).


Ras Teyonas), a promontory on the W. coast of Cyrenaica, forming the E. headland of the Greater Syrtis, and the W. boundary of the Cyrenaic Pentapolis, being a little SW. of Hesperides or Berenice. (Strab. xvii. p.836; Plin. Nat. 5.4.; Ptol. 4.4.3; Stadiasm. p. 447, where the error of 700 for 70 is obvious; Barth, Wanderungen, &c. p. 365). Adjacent to the promontory was a small port; but there was a much more considerable sea-port town of the same name, further S., which was inhabited by a great number of Jews, who are said to have ascribed their temple in this place to Solomon. Justinian converted the temple into a Christian church, compelled the Jews to embrace Christianity, and fortified the place, as an important post against the attacks of the barbarians (Itin. Ant. p. 66; Tab. Peut. ; Stadiasm. l.c.; Procop. Aedif. 6.2). The exact position of this southern Boreum is difficult to determine. (Barth, l.c. SYRTES.)


Pt. Pedro and North Cape), the northern headland of the island of Taprobane (Ceylon) opposite to the promontory of Cory, in India. (Ptol. 7.4.7: Marc. Heracl. p. 26.) [P.S]

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    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 5.4
    • Claudius Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos, 4.4
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