encamped here, as the style of the houses is very different from that in use since the island fell into the hands of the barbarians.
The climate in this part is by no means the best in Cyprus. The heat is greater, because the soil is chiefly sand; and the lake of Costanza, not far off, does not always dry up in summer, and its exhalations infect the air. This lake has formed since the river or torrent Pedicus, which flows here from the neighbourhood of Nicosia, has no longer its usual outlet to the sea between Salamina and Famagusta, as it is marked in ancient maps.
68 The City of Famagusta, [CH. XII