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MAPHARITIS (Μαφαρῖτις), a district of Arabia Felix, lying about the city of Sava (Σαυή), which is placed by Arrian three days' journey from Muza, on the Red Sea. [MUZA] He mentions the king's name, Cholaebus (Χόλαιβος). (Periplus Maris Eryth. p. 13.) The Sava of Arrian is probably identical with the Sapphara or Sapphar of Ptolemy (Σάπφαρα al. Σαπφὰρ μητρόπολις, 6.7.41), the capital no doubt of a tribe named by him Sappharitae (Σαπφαριταί), the Mapharitis of Arrian. They are distinct from the MAPHORITAE of Ptolemy.


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