The Sieges of Nicosia and Famagusta in Cyprus

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ... Bishop Graziani. Most of the ancient geographers and historians have mentioned the Isle of Cyprus with commendation. They divided it into nine kingdoms, although the whole island scarcely deserves such a title. She is situated between Cilicia and Syria, in that part of the Mediterranean Sea which flows nearest Asia. The Seas of Pamphylia and Egypt with the gulf of Issus surround her, lying from the continent about sixty miles over against Cilicia, and ninety distant from Syria. 'Tis thought she was heretofore a peninsula-joining that side of Asia, being separated by the violence of a flood. She contains 210 miles in length and 65 in largeness, and is in cjircuit five hundred and more. 'Tis said there were heretofore fifteen considerable cities; but at present there are only reckoned five which are well inhabited, Nicosia, Famagusta, Paphos, Imissos and Cerines. The rest are villages and hamlets to the number of 840, divided into eleven districts named Paphos, Audima, Imissa, Massota, Salines, Mesarea, Chrysochou, Pendagia, Cerines, Carpas, le Vicomte. This island is reckoned at present to contain about 200,000 inhabitants, a small number in comparison of that which 'twas peopled under the reign of the Emperor Trajan: seeing that, according to the report of Dion Cassius in the life of this Prince, in a conspiracy of the Jews there were massacred in one day B '240,000 Cypriots. The inhabitants of this island were separated into four different states, the nobility, the commonalty, the freedmen and slaves. The two last only were employed in husbandry, and the others lived in cities, and accustomed the country people (contrary to right) to servitude. The largest class were the freedmen, whom they called the Francomates. Those who not yet...

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