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BUBON

BUBON (Βούβων). Stephanus (s. v. Βούβων) observes that “Bubon and Balbura are cities of Lycia:” the Ethnic name he adds, “ought to be Βουβώνιος, but it is Βουβωνεύς, for the Lycians rejoice in this form.” The truth of this observation of Stephanus is proved by the inscription found on the spot: Βουβωνεων Βουλη καὶ Δημος. Bubon is placed in the map in Spratt's Lycia, near 37° N. lat. west of Balbura, near a place named Ebajik, and on a small stream that flows into the Indus, or Horzoom Tchy. Bubon is mentioned by Pliny, Ptolemy, and Hierocles, and Pliny (35.17) mentions a kind of chalk (creta) that was found about Bubon. The city stood on a hill side. The ruins are not striking. There is a small theatre built of sandstone, and on the summit of the hill was the Acropolis. Bubon is in a mountainous tract, which separates the basins of the Indus and the Xanthus, and it commands the entrance to the pass over the mountains. The pass is 6000 feet above the sea, and the mountains on each side of it 8000 or 9000 feet high. [BALBURA ; CABALIS ; CIBYRA.] (Spratt's Lycia, vol. i. p. 264.)

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