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CORSICA.

This fmall island lies over against the gulph of Genoa, at about the diftance of 90 miles from that city.

MELITA, MALTA, OGYGIA, CALYPSUS IN

SULA, &c.

The ifle known by these several names lies in lat. 34, 4, and long. 34, 45, and diftant from Sicily about 60 miles.

Melita was the metropolitan city.

SECTION

The Iflands of the PROPONTIS,

XVI.

GEAN, ICARIAN,

CRETAN, MYRTOAN, and IONIAN Seas.

THE most confiderable islands in the Propontis

were,

PRO N NESU S.

This inland lay not far from Afia, over-against Cyzicum.

BESBICUS

was a fmall ifland between Cyzicum and the mouth of the Rhydacus.

The islands in the EGEAN Sea were,

TENEDOS

was remarkable only for its lying oppofite old Troy, and being the place to which the Greeks retired, and left the Trojans in a fatal fecurity,

LESBOS

was famous for the number of philofophers and poets it produced. It was about 56 miles diftant from Tenedos.

CHIOS

CHIOS

lay about 80 miles weft of Smyrna, between Lefbos and Samos, oppofite the peninfula of Ionia.

SAMOS

lies oppofite to Ephefus, on the coaft of Afia Minor, about seven miles from the continent. This island is fuppofed to have been the native country of Juno.

PATMOS or PATH MOS

is about 30 miles in compafs. The Romans used this island as a place of banishment; under which punishment St. John refided here, and is supposed to have wrote his Revelations in a cave, which is fhewn by a few Greek monks who are upon the island.

The CYCLADES iflands lie in a circle round DELOS, the chief of them; which, though not above fix miles in compass, was one of the most celebrated of all the Grecian iflands, as being the birth-place of Apollo and Diana.

PAROS

lies 28 miles from Delos; and was famous for its marble, which was of an exquifite whiteness.

CYTHERA.

This island lies over-against Malea, a promontory of Laconia. It was remarkable for being the favourite refidence of Venus.

THERA

lies between Crete and the Cyclades. The island was confecrated to Apollo.

SASON

lies between Aulon, a city of Macedon, and Brun

dufium in Italy.

CORCYRA

CORCYRA

lies over-against the coast of Epirus, called more anciently Phaacia; and was inhabited by the luxurious Alcinous, who entertained Ulysses, when caft on fhore there.

ITHACA,

famous for being the birth-place of Ulysses, is about 25 miles in circuit.

ZACYNTHUS.

This island is about 60 miles in compass, and lies 12 miles fouth of an inland called Cephalenia,

LEUCAS

was anciently a peninfula, joined to the main-land of Acarnania by an ifthmus of 50 paces over, which was cut by the Carthaginians.

The STROP HADES

were two small islands, over-against Arcadia, in Peloponnefus.

EUBE A

was formerly joined to Boeotia by an ifthmus, as it is at present by a bridge. It lies oppofite to the continent of Attica, Boeotia, and Locris.

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