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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
page 260

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All the grandeur of ancient days was now represented by the heaps of stones and the rock caverns which mark the site of Paphos. What became of Venus after her appearance upon this shore may be left to the imagination ; why she is represented by the exceedingly plain women of modern Cyprus surpasses the imagination. Perhaps the immorality connected with the ancient worship of the goddess of beauty and of love invoked a curse upon the descendants in the shape of " baggy trousers, high boots, and ugliness : " to which dirt has been a painful addition.

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