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Pinarus, between Issus and Myriandrus, where was fought the battle called the battle of Issus. The narrative of Arrian may be compared with the commentary of Polybius (xii. 17, 19).

Strabo's description of the Amanides (p. 676) is this: "after Mallus is Aegaeae, which has a small fort; then the Amanides Pylae, having an anchorage for ships, at which (pylae) terminate the Amanus mountains, extending down from the Taurus — and after Aegaeae is Issus, a small fort having an anchorage, and the river Pinarus." Strabo therefore places the Amanides Pylae between Aegae and Issus, and near the coast; and the Stadiasmus and Ptolemy give the same position to the Amanides. This pass is represented by a place now called Kara Kapu on the road between Mallus on the Pyramus (Jehan) and Issns. But there was another pass " which" (as Major Rennell observes, and Leake agrees with him) " crossing Mount Amanus from the eastward, descended upon the centre of the head of the gulf, near Issus. By this pass it was that Darius marched from Sochus, and took up his position on the banks of the Pinarus; by which movement Alexander, who had just before marched from Mallus to Myriandrus, Jhrough the two maritime pylae, was placed between the Persians and Syria." (Leake, Journal of a Tour in Asia Minor, p. 210.) This is the pass which lias been assumed to be the Amanides of Arrian and Curtius, about N'NE. of Issus. It follows from this that the Araanicae Pylae of Arrian (Amah, ii. 7) are not the Amanides of Strabo. Q. Curtius speaks of a pass which Alexander had to go through in marching from the Pyramus to Issus, and this pass must be Kara Kapu. Kara Kapu is not on the coast, but it is not far from it. If Strabo called this the Amanide3 Pylae, as he seems to have done, he certainly gave the name to a different pass from that by which Darius descended on Issus. There is another passage of Strabo (p. 751) in which he says: " adjacent to Gindarus is Pagrae in the territory of Antioch, a strong post lying in the line of the pass over the Amanus, I mean that pass which leads from the Amanides Pylae into Syria." Leake is clearly right in not adopting Major Kcnnell's supposition that Strabo by this pass means the Amanides. lie evidently means another pass, that of Beilan, which leads from Iskcnderun to Bakrat or Pagrat, which is the modern name of Pagrae; and Strabo is so far consistent that he describes this pass of Pagrae as leading from the pass which he has called Amanicae. Leake shows that the Amanides Pylae of Strabo are between Aegaeae and Issns, but he has not sufficiently noticed the difference between Strabo and Arrian, as Cramer observes (Asia Minor, vol. ii. p. 359). The map which illustrates Mr. Ainsworth's paper on the Cilician and Syrian Gates (London Geoff. Journal, vol. viii. p. 185), and which is copied on the opposite page, enables us to form a more correct judgment of the text of the ancient writers; and we may now consider it certain that the Amanicae Pylae of the historians of Alexander is the pass NNE. of Issus, and that Strabo has given the name Amanides to a different pass. [G. L.]

AMANTIA ('Apoiria: Etk. 'A/wrieiis, Steph. B. ». v.; 'Aua.Kru'or, Ptol. ii. 16. §3; Amantinus, Plin. iv. 10. s. 17. § 35; Amantianus, Caes. B. C. iii. 12; "Afuunts, Etym. M.«. r.; Amantes, Plin. iii. 23. s. 26. § 45), a town and district in Greek IIlyria. It is said to have been founded by the Abantes of Euboea, who, according to tradition, settled near the Ceraunian mountains, and founded Anuutia and

Throniam. From hence the original name of Amantia is said to have been Abantia, and the surrounding country to have been called Abantis. (Steph. B. s.v. 'ASan-Is, 'Ajuuria; Etym. M. ». e. 'A/uur«s; Pans. T. 22. § 3.) Amantia probably stood at some distance from the coast, S. of the river Aous, and on a tributary of the latter, named Folyanthes. (Lycophr. 1043.) It is placed by Leake at Niriiia, where there are the remains of Hellenic walls. This site agrees with the distances afforded by Scylax and the Tabular Itinerary, the former of which places Amantia at 320 stadia, and the latter at 30 Roman miles from Apollonia. Ptolemy speaks of an Amantia on the coast, and another town of the same name inland; whence we may perhaps infer that the latter had a port of the same name, more especially as the language of Caesar (B. C. iii. 40) would imply that Amantia was situated on the coast. Amantia was a place of some importance in the civil wars between Caesar and Pompey; and it continued to be mentioned in the time of the Byzantine emperors. (Caes. B. C. iii. 12, 40; Cic Phil. xi. 11; Leake, Ancient Greece, vol. i. p. 375, seq.)

AMA'NUS (i 'Afim-oj, To 'a/uu-ov), is described by Strabo as a detached part (4jro'ffTao>a) of Taurus, and as forming the southern boundary of the plain of Cataonia. He supposes this range to branch off from the Taurus in Cilicia, at the same place where the Antitaurus branches off and takes a more northerly direction, forming the northern boundary of Cataonia. (Strab. p. 535.) He considers the Amanus to extend eastward to the Euphrates and Melitene, where Commagene borders on Cappadocia. Here the range is interrupted by the Euphrates, but it recommences on the east side of the river, in a larger mass, more elevated, and more irregular in form. (Strab. p. 521.) He further adds: "the mountain range of Amanus extends (p. 535) to Cilicia and the Syrian sea to the west from Cataonia and to the south; and by such a division (ttacrrdaei) it includes the whole gulf of Issus and the intermediate Cilician valleys towards the Taurus." This seems to be the meaning of the description of the Amanus in Strabo. Groskurd, in his German version (vol. ii. p. 448) translates Sicurrdati simply by "extent" (auidehnung); but by attending to Strabo's words and the order of them, we Beem to deduce the meaning that the double direction of the mountain includes the gulf of Issns. And this agrees with what Strabo says elsewhere, when he makes the Amanus descend to the gulf of Issus between Aegae and Issus. [amanides Pylae.]

The term Amanus in Strabo then appears to be applied to the high ground which descends from the mass of Taurus to the gulf of Issus, and bounds the east side of it, and also to the highland which extends in the direction already indicated to the Euphrates, which it strikes north of Samosata (Someisai). The Jdumr Dagh appears to be the modem name of at least a part of the north-eastern course of the Amanus. The branch of the Amanus which descends to the Mediterranean on the east side of the gulf of Issus is said to attain an average elevation of 5000 feet, and it terminates abruptly in Jebel Kheterik and Rds-eLKhdnzir. This cape seems to be Rhosus, or the Khosicus Scopulus of Ptolemy. There was near it a town Rhosus, which Stephanus(j. v. 'Pcso-oj) places in Cilicia. Rhosus is now Arms. There is another short range which is connected with Amanus, and advances right to the , borders of the sea, between Rat-tl-Khanar and the 1. Ras-el-KhAniir.

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MAP OF THE GI LT OF I8SUS, AND OF THE 8DRROUNDINO COUNTBT.

2. Beilan Pass.

3. Bogbras Pass.

4. Pass from Bayas.

5. Khosns.

6. Alexandras.

7. Kerens or Merkel.

8. BaTaa.

9. Pinarufl.

10. Roins of Issos?

11. D«mir Kapu, or Kara Kapii.

12. Aegne.

13. Pyramns.

14. Seleuccia.

15. Orontes.

16. Antiocheia.

17. Pagrae.

month of the Orontes: this appears to be the Pieria of Strabo (p. 751). On the south-west base of this range, called Pieria, was Seleuceia, which Strabo (p. 676) considers to be the first city in Syria after leaving Cilicia. Accordingly, he considers the moantain range of Amanns, which terminates on the east side of the gulf of Issus, to mark the boundary between Cilicia and Syria; and this is a correct view of the physical geography of the country.

Cicero (ad Fam. ii. 10), who was governor of Cilicia, describes the Amanns as common to him and Bibulus, who was governor of Syria; and he calls it the water-shed of the streams, by which description he means the range which bounds the east side of the gulf of Issus. His description in another passage also (ad Fam. XT, 4) shows that his Amanns is the range which has its termination in Ras-dKhanzir. Cicero carried on a campaign against the mountaineers of this range during his government of Cilicia (b. C. 51), and took and destroyed several of their hill forts. He enumerates among them Erana (as the name stands in our present texts), which was the chief town of the Amanus, Sepyra, and Commores. He also took Pindenissus, a town of the Eleutherocilices, which was on a high point, and a place of great strength. The passes in the Amanus have been already enumerated. On the bay, between IthenHerun and Bat/as, the Baiae of Strabo and the Itineraries, is the small river Merkez, supposed to be the Karsus or Kersus of Xenophon (Anab. i. 4). On the south side of this small stream is a stone wall, which crosses the narrow plain between the Amanus and the sea, and terminates on the coast in a tower. There are also ruins on the north side of the Kersus; and nearer to the mountain there are traces of "a double wall between which the river flowed." (Ainsworth, London Geog. Journal, vol. viii.) At the head of the river Kersus is the steep pass of BoghraaBeli, one of the passes of the Amanus. This description seems to agree with that of the Cilicion and Syrian gates of Xenophon. The Cilician pass was a gateway in a wall which descended from the mountains to the sea north of the Kersus; and the Syrian pass was a gateway in the wall which extended in the same direction to the south of the river. Cyrus marched from the Syrian pass five parasangs to Myriandrus, which may be near the site of hktnikrun. We need not suppose that the present walls near the Merkez are as old as the time of Cyrus (b. C. 401); but it seems probable that this spot, having once been chosen as a strong frontier position, would be maintained as such. If the Kersus is properly identified with the Merliez, we must also consider it as the gates through which Alexander marched from Mallus to Myriandrus, and through which he returned from Myriandrus to give battle to Darius, who had descended upon Issus, and thus put himself in the rear of the Greeks. (Arrian. Anab. ii. 6, 8.) From these gates Alexander retraced his march to the river Pinarus (Deli Chai), near which was fought the battle of Issus (b. C. 333). If the exact position of Issus were ascertained, we might feel more certain as to the interpretations of Arrian and Curtius. Niebuhr (Reiten durch Syrien, See., 1837, Anhang, p. 151), who followed the road from I$kenderun along the cast coast of the bay of Issus on his road to Constantinople, observes that Xenophon makes the march of Cyrus 15 parasangs from the Pyramus to Issus; and he observes that it is 15 hours by the road from Bayat to the Pyramus. Cyrus

marched 5 parasangs from Issus to the Cilician and Syrian gates; and Itkenderun is 5 hours from Bagai. But still he thinks that Myriandrus is at Itkendtrun, and that the Cilician and Syrian pass is at Merkez; but he adds, we must then remove Issus to Demir Kapu; and this makes a new difficulty, for it is certainly not 15 parasangs from Demir Kajw to the Pyramus. Besides, the position of Issus at Demir Kapu will not agree with the march of Alexander as described by Curtius; for Alexander made two days' march from.Mallus, that is, from the Pyramus, to Castabalum; and one day's inarch from Castabalum to Issus. Castabalum, then, may be represented by Demir Kapu, undoubtedly the remains of a town, and Issus is somewhere east at it. The Pcutinger Table places Issus next to Castabalum, and then comes Alexandreia (ad Issum). Consequently we should look for Issus somewbeie on the road between Demir Kapu and Itkenderun. Now Issus, or Issi, as Xenophon calls it, was on or near the coast (Xen. Anab. i. 4; Strab. p. 676); and Darius marched from Issus to the Pinarus tu meet Alexander; and Alexander returned from Myriandrus, through the Pylae, to meet Darius. It seen is that as the plain about the Pinarus corresponds to Arrian's description, this river must have been that where the two armies met, and that we must link for Issus a little north of the Pinarus, and near the head of the bay of Issus. Those who have examined this district do not, however, seem to have exhausted the subject; nor has it been treated by the latest writers with sufficient exactness.

Stephanus (t.v."la<ros) says that Issus was calle.} Nicopolis in consequence of Alexander's victory. Strabo makes Nicopolis a different place; but his description of the spots on the bay of Issus is confused. Cicero, in the description of his Cilician campaign, says that he encamped at the Arae Alexandri, near the base of the mountains. He gives no other indication of the site; but we may be sure that it was north of the Cilician Pylae, and probably it was near Issus. [G. L.]

AMAKDI, or MARDI ('AfiopSoi', MapSol), a warlike Asiatic tribe. Stephanus (s. v. 'A/uaf>5oi), following Strabo, places the Amardi near the Hyrcani; and adds 11 there are also Persian Mardi without the o." Strabo (p. 514) says, "in a circle round the Caspian sea after the Hyrcani are the Amardi, &c." Under Mardi, Stephanus (quoting Apollodorus) speaks of them as an Hyrcanian tribe, who were robbers and archers. Curtius (vi. 5) describes them as bordering on Hyrcania, and inhabiting mountains which were covered with forests. They occupied therefore part of the mountain tract which forms the southern boundary of the basin of the Caspian.

The name Mardi or Amardi, which we may assume to be the same, was widely spread, for we find Mardi mentioned as being in Hyrcania, and Margiana, also as a nomadic Persian tribe (Herod, i. 125; Strab. p. 524), and as being in Armenia (Tacit. Ann. xiv. 23), and in other places. This wide distribution of the name may be partly attributed to the ignorance of the Greek and Roman writers of the geography of Asia, but not entirely. [G. L.]

AMARDUS, or MARDUS Cknipios, M«^5m, Dionys. Pcricg. v. 734), a river of Media, mentioned by Ammianus Marcellinus in his confused description of the Persian provinces (xxiii. 6). Ptolemy (vi. 2. § 2) places it in Media, and if we take his numbers as correct, its source is in the Zagrus. The river flows north, and enters the southern coast of the Caspian. It appears to be the Sefid-rud, or Kail Ozim as it is otherwise called. As Ptoleiny places the Amardi round the south coast of the Caspian and extending into the interior, we may suppose that they were once at least situated on and about this river. [G. L.]

AMA'BI LACUS (al wucpal Xlfirtu, Strab. xvii. p. 804; l'liu. vi. 29. s. 33), were a cluster of saltlagoons cast of the Delta, between the city of Heroopolis and the desert of Etham— the modem Scheib. The Bitter Lakes had a slight inclination from N. to E., and their general outline resembled the leaf of the. sycamore. Until the reign of Ptolemy Philadelphus (b. C. 285—247), they were the termination of the royal canal, by which the native monarchs and the Persian Icings attempted, but ineffectually, to join the Pelusiac branch of the Nile with the Red Sea. Philadelphus carried the canal through these lagoons to the city of Arsinoe. The mineral qualities of these lakes were nearly destroyed by the introduction of the Nile-water. A temple of Serapis stood on the northern extremity of the Bitter Lakes. [W. B. D.]

AMARYNTHUS ('AndpvvBos: Eth. 'A/iapwetos, '/lunfiiTM!), a town upon the coast of Euboea, only 7 stadia from Eretria, to which it belonged. It possessed a celebrated temple of Artemis, who was hence called Amarynthia or Amarysia, and in whose honour there was a festival of this name celebrated, both in Euboea and Attica. (Strab. p. 448; Paus. i. 31. § 5 ; Liv. xxxv. 38; Steph. B. t. v.; Diet, of Ant. art. Amarynthia.')

AMASE'NUS, a small river of Latium, still called the Amaseno, which rises in the Volscian mountains above Privernum, and descends from thence to the Pontine marshes, through which it finds its way to the sea, between Tarracina and the Circeian promontory. Before its course was artificially regulated it was, together with its confluent the Ufens, one of the chief agents in the formation of those marshes. Its name is not found in Pliny or Strabo, but is repeatedly mentioned by Virgil (Aen. vii. 684, xi.547). Servius, in his note on the former passage, erroneously places it near Anagnia, evidently misled by the expressions of Virgil. Vibius Sequester (p. 3) correctly says 11 Amasenus Privematium." [E. H. B.]

AMA'SIA ('A/uifffta, 'A/iaai'a: Eth. 'Afiaatvs: A masia, A masiah, or A masiyah), a town of Pontus, on the river Iris, or Yeshil Ermak. The origin of the city is unknown. It was at one time the residence of the princes of Pontus, and afterwards appears to have been a free city under the Komans till the time of Domitian. It is said that all the coins to the time of Domitian have only the epigraph Ainoseia or Amasia, but that from this time they bear the effigy and the name of a Roman emperor. The coins from the time of Trajan bear the title Metropolis, and it appears to have been the chief city of Pontus.

Amasia was the birthplace of the geographer Strabo, who describes it in the following words (p. 561): "our city lies in a deep and extensive gorge, through which the river Iris flows; and it is wonderfully constructed both by art and by nature, being adapted to serve the purpose both of a city and of a fort. For there is a lofty rock, steep on all sides, and descending abruptly to the river; this rock has its wall in one direction on the brink of the river, at that part where the city is connected with it; and in the other direction, the wall runs up the hill on each side to the heights; and the heights

(nopvipaC) are two, naturally connected with one another, very strongly fortified by towers; and within this enclosure arc the palace and the tombs of the kings; but the heights have a very narrow neck, the ascent to which is an altitude of 5 or 6 stadia on each side as one goes up from the bank of the river and the suburbs; and from the neck to the heights there remains another ascent of a stadium, steep and capable of resisting any attack; the rock also contains (*x«> Hot imi) within it water-cisterns (£optia) which an enemy cannot get possession of (ayatpaipera, the true reading, not iyaftptTat), there being two galleries cut, one leading to the river, and the other to the neck; there are bridges over the river, one from the city to the suburb, and another from the suburb to the neighbouring country, for at the point where this bridge is the mountain terminates, which lies above the rock." This extract presents several difficulties. Groskurd, in his German version, mistakes the sense of two passages (ii. p. 499).

Amasia has been often visited by Europeans, but the best description is by Hamilton (Researches in Asia Minor, <fc. vol. i. p. 366), who gives a view of the place. He explains the remark of Strabo about the 5 or 6 stadia to mean "the length of the road by which alone the summit can be reached," for owing to the steepness of the Acropolis it is necessary to ascend by a circuitous route. And this is clearly the meaning of Strabo, if we keep closely to his text. Hamilton erroneously follows Cramer (Asia Minor, vol. L p. 302) in giving the version, "the summits have on each side a very narrow neck of land;" for the words " on each side" refer to the ascent to the "neck," as Groskurd correctly understands it. Hamilton found two " Hellenic towers of beautiful construction " on the heights, which he considers to bo the Koputpai of Strabo. But the greater part of the walls now standing are Byzantine or Turkish. Indeed we learn from Procopius (de Aedif. iii. 7), that Justinian repaired this place. Hamilton observes: "the Koptxpai were not, as I at first imagined, two distinct points connected by a narrow intermediate ridge, but one only, from which two narrow ridges extend, one to the north, and the other to the east, which last terminates abruptly close to the river." But Strabo clearly means two tcopvtpai, and he adds that they are naturally united (avfupvtW). It is true that he does not say that the neck unites them. This neck is evidently a narrow ridge of steep ascent along which a man must pass to reach the Kopwpat.

The vSpua were cisterns to which there was access by galleries (o-ipryyti). Hamilton explored a passage, cut in the rock, down which he descended about 300 feet, and found a "small pool of clear cold water." The wall round this pool, which appeared to have been originally much deeper, was of Hellenic masonry, which he also observed in soma parts of the descent. This appears to be one of the galleries mentioned by Strabo. The other gallery was cut to the neck, says Strabo, but he does not say from where. We may conclude, however, that it was cut from the nopvtpai to the ridge, and that the other was a continuation which led down to the well. Hamilton says : "there seem to have been two of these covered passages or galleries at Amasia, one of which led from the nopv$al or summits in an easterly direction to the ridge, and the other from the ridge into the rocky hill in a northerly direction. The former, however, is not excavated in the rock, like the latter, but is built of masonry above ground, yet equally well concealed."

The tombs of the kings are below the citadel to the south, five in number, three to the west, and two to the east. The steep lace of the rock has been artificially smoothed. "Under the three smaller tombs .... are considerable remains of the old Greek walls, and a square tower built in the best Hellenic style." These walls can also be traced up the hill towards the west, and are evidently those described by Strabo, as forming the peribolus or enclosure within which were the royal tombs. (Hamilton.) The front wall of an old medrcsseh at Amasia is bnilt of ancient cornices, friezes, and architraves, and on three long stones which form the Hides and architrave of the entrance there are fragments of Greek inscriptions deep cut in large letters. Hamilton does not mention a temple which is spoken of by one traveller of little credit.

The territory of Amasia was well wooded, and adapted for breeding horses and other animals; and the whole of it was well suited for the habitation of man. A valley extends from the river, not very wide at first, but it afterwards grows wider, and forms the plain which Strabo calls Chiliocomon, and this was succeeded by the districts of Diacopene and Pimolisene, all of which is fertile as far as the Halys. These were the northern parts of the territory, and extended 500 stadia in length. The southern portion was much larger, and extended to Babonomon and Ximene, which district also reached to the Halys. Its width from north to south reached to Zelitis and the Great Cappadocia as far as the Trocmi. In Ximene rock salt was dug. Hamilton procured at Amasia a coin of Pimolisa, a place from which the district Pimolisene took its name, in a beautiful state of preservation.

The modern town stands on both sides of the river; it has 3970 houses, all mean; it produces some silk. (Lorvhn Geog. Jour. vol. x. p. 442.) [G.L.]

AMASTRA. [amestuatus.]

AMASTRIS (^Afiaarpts: Eth. 'ApatTTptav6s, Amastrianus: Amasra, or AmasseraJi), a city of Paphlagonia, on a small river of the same name. Amastris occupied a peninsula, and on each side of the isthmus was a harbour (Strab. p. 544): it was 90 stadia east of the river Parthcnius. The original city seems to have been called Sesamus or Sesamum, and it is mentioned by Homer (77. ii. 853) in conjunction with Cytorus. Stephanus (s. v/Afxaarpis) f^ays that it was originally called Cromna; but in another place (s. v. Kpco^a), where he repeats the statement, he adds, "as it is said; but some say that Cromna is a small place in the territory of Amastris," which is the true account. The place derived its name Amastris from Amastris, the niece of the last Persian king Darius, who was the wife of Dionysius, tyrant of Heracleia, and after his death the wife of Lysimachus. Four places, Sesamus, Cytorus, Cromna, also mentioned in the Iliad (ii. 855), and Teion or Tios, were combined by Amastris, after her separation from Lysimachus (Mcmnon, ap. Phot. Cod. cexxiv.), to form the new community of Amastris. Teion, says Strabo, soon detached itself from the community, but the rest kept together, and Sesamus was the acropolis of Amastris. From this it appears that Amastris was really a confederation or union of three places, and that Sesamus was the name of the city on the peninsula. This may explain the fact that Mela (i. 19) mentions Sesamus and Cromna as cities of Paphlagonia, and docs not

mention Amastris. (Comp. Flin. vi. 2.) There is a coin with the epigraph Sesamum. Those of Amastris have the epigraph Afuurrpiawy.

The territory of Amastris produced a great quantity of boxwood, which grew on Mount Cytorus. The town was taken by L. Lucullus in the Mithridatic war. (Appiaru Mitkrid. 82.) The younger Pliny, when he was governor of Bithynia and Pontus, describes Amastris, in a letter to Trajan (x. 99), as a handsome city, with a very long open place (platea), on one side of which extended what was called a river, but in fact was a filthy, pestilent, open drain. Pliny obtained the emperor's permission to cover over this sewer. On a coin of the time of Trajan, Amastris has the title Metropolis. It continued to be a town of some note to the seventh century of our aera. QG. L.J

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A'MATHITS ('AnaBovs, -owtot: Eth. 'A/ia&>£cios: Adj. Amathusiacus, Ov. Met. x. 227.: nr. Oid Limasof), an ancient town on the S. coast of Cyprus, celebrated for its worship of Aphrodite — who was hence called Amathusia —and of Adonis. (Scylax, p. 41; Strab. p. 683; Pans. ix. 41. § 2; Stcph. B. *. r.; Tac. Ann. iii. 62; CatuIL lviii. 51; Ov. Am. iii. 15. 15.) It was originally a settlement of tho Phoenicians, and was probably the most ancient of the Phoenician colonies in the island. Stephanus calls Amathus the most ancient city in the island, and Scylax describes its inhabitants as antochthones. Its name is of Phoenician origin, for we find a town of the same name in Palestine. (See below.) Amathus appears to have preserved its Oriental customs and character, long after the other Phoenician cities in Cyprus had become hellenizcd. Here the Tyrian god Melkart, whom the Greeks identified with Heracles, was worshipped under his Tyrian name. (Hesych. #. r. MciAiKo, rbv 'HpatcXda, *Af*a6oi)o"iox.) The Phoenician priesthood of the Cinyradae appears to have long continued to exercise its authority at Amathus. Hence we find that Amathus, as an Oriental town, remained firm to the Persians in the time of Darius L, while all the other towns in Cyprus revolted. (Herod, v. 104, seq.) The territory of Amathus was celebrated for its wheat (Hipponax, ap. Strab. p. 340), and also for its mineral productions (Jecvndam Amathunta metalli, Ov. Met. x. 220, comp. 531.)

Amathus appears to have consisted of two distinct parts: one upon the coast, where Old Limasol now stands, and the other upon a hill inland, about 1 \ mile from Old Limasol, at the village of Agios Tjtchonos, where Hammer discovered the ruins of the temple of Aphrodite. (Hammer, Reise, p. 129; Engel, Kyprot, vol. i. p. 109, seq.; Movers, Die Pho~ nizier, vol. ii. pt. ii. pp. 221, 240, seq.)

A'MATHUS ('A/iafloDs or To 'Apiaed), a strongly fortified city on the east of the Jordan, in Lower Persia, 21 Roman miles south of Pel la, (Eusebii Onomait.') It was destroyed by Alexander Jannaeus

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