of Mecca, or Macoraba. Between this region and the district of Hamyar were the Cassanitæ, who possessed a country rich in gold, which appears to coincide with the Tehama, on the western coast. Part of this territory, where it adjoined to Sabæa or Hamyar, was occupied by the Chaulanitæ, Carbi, or Cembani, and the Arii, both brave and warlike tribes. This district is now called Khaulan. The extremity of the continent, where it approaches the coast of Africa, was held by the Catabeni, or Gebanitæ; their capital was Tamna, and they had a port called Ocelis, close on the straits. This district was very productive in frankincense. From the Cassanitæ and the Catabeni, the district which more particularly bore the name of Hamyar or Saba stretched along the south-eastern coast, as far as the district of the Chatramotitæ or Adramitæ, which coincides both in name and situation with the modern Hadramaut, and whose chief town was Cabatanon. Between the Chatramotitæ and the Omanitæ was the deep bay of Sachalites, on the southern promontory of which, called Syagrus, was a celebrated port for exporting frankincense and other spices. The district of the Omanitæ is the modern
- Bochart, p. 134, &c. Strabo, ibid.
- Id. p. 156.
- Pliny. Agatharchidas. Bochart, p. 162, et Geograph. Arabs, ibi cit.
- Strabo, ibid. Plin. Dionys. Perieg. Bochart, p. 151.
- Strabo, ibid. Bochart, p. 113.
- Arrhian, Peripl.