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CLAUDE DELAVAL COBHAM
Exerpta Cypria
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CL. PTOLEMAEUS. MUQADDASI. BEXJAMIX OF TU DELA. The cities of the interior are these : Chytros Tremethns Tainassos Long. 60,30 „ 60,2ο „ 00,20 Lat. 36,30 „ 35,25 „ 35,45 The islands on its coast are those called Cleides, their middle lies in Aud the Carpasian islands G7,20 64, 5 35,45 35,45 Lib. vnr. c. 20. Of the notable cities in Cyprus Paplios has its longest day of 14'25 equinoctial hours, and varies eastwards from Alexandria one quarter of an equinoctial hour. Amathus hae ite longest day of 14*25 hours, and varies eastwards from Alexandria twenty-four sixtieths of au hour. Salamis has its longest day of 14'30, and varies eastwards from Alexandria thirty-two sixtieths of an hour. MUQADDASI. Shams al Diu, commonly known as Muqaddasi, was born at Jerusalem A.D. 946, and wrote his Description of Syria at Baghdad in 9Θ5. I transcribe a short notice of Cyprus from page 82 of the translation made from the Arabic in 1886, for the Palestine Pilgrims' Text Society, by Mr Guy Le Strange. Over against Tyre lies the island of Qubrus, said to be twelve days' journey round. It is full of populous cities, and offers the Muslims many advantages in their trade thither, by reason of the great quantities of merchandise, stuffs and goods, which ai*e produced there. The island is in the power of whichever nation is overlord in these seas. It lies distant across the water a sail of a night and a day, and from thence on to the country of the Greeks is the same distance again. BENJAMIN OF TUDELA. The Travels of Eabbi Benjamin, of Tudela in Navarre, date from 1160 to 1173. I copy a short passage from Bohn's Early Travels in Palestine, page 77. Ed. 1848. From Rhodes it is four days to Cyprus. Besides the Rabbanitic Jews in this island, there is a community of heretic Jews called Kaphrosein or Cyprians. They are Epicureans, and the orthodox Jews excommunicate them. These sectarians profane the evening of the Sabbath and keep holy that of the Sunday.

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