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CLEIDES (Κλεῖδες), a group of small islands which lay off the NE. extremity of Cyprus. (Strab. xiv. p.682.) They were four in number (Plin. Nat. 5.31; comp. Anthol. Graec. ed. Jacobs, vol. iii. p. 45). The name of these islands has been transferred to the Cape (Hdt. 5.108), which Pliny (l.c.) calls Dinaretum, and Ptolemy (5.14.3) BOOSURA (Palat. Κλεῖδες). Strabo does not name this headland, but observes that above it was a mountain named Olympus, with a temple consecrated to Aphrodite Acraea from which women were excluded (comp. Claud. de Nupt. Honor. et Mar. 49). It is now called Sant‘ Andrea There is an autonomous coin with the epigraph of Cleides. (Eckhel, vol. iii. p. 88; Engel, Kypros, vol. i. p. 88; Pococke, Trav. vol. ii. p. 219.)


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    • Herodotus, Histories, 5.108
    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 5.31
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