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Headword: *)afousi/a
Adler number: alpha,4640
Translated headword: Aphousia
Vetting Status: high
An island, on which were exiled the noble Theophanes, the poet, and his brother Theodore the Branded, both confessors.
Greek Original:
*)afousi/a: nh=so/s tis, e)n h(=| u(pero/rioi e)ge/nonto o( ku/rios *qeofa/nhs, o( poihth\s, kai\ o( a)delfo\s au)tou= *qeo/dwros o( *grapto\s, a)mfo/teroi o(mologhtai/.
Champions of icon-veneration, 8th-9th cent. AD: Catholic Encyclopedia entry at web address 1.
The island is mentioned only here and by Theophanes himself (Theophanes Confessor, Chronography p.496 de Boor). It is conceivably an error for, or variant of, the Elaphusa island near Corcyra/Corfu (NW Greece), mentioned in Pliny, Natural History 4.53; cf. also Stephanus of Byzantium s.v. Brettia island in the Adriatic, called by the Greeks Elaphoussa. However, much more probably it is present-day Avsa in the SW Propontis, south of Prokonnesos (pi 2478); Barrington Atlas map 52 grid A3, as Ophiussa there.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: art history; Christianity; definition; geography; history; poetry; religion
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 5 June 2001@00:31:36.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (modified translation, added note and link) on 6 January 2002@20:13:21.
David Whitehead (added note) on 28 August 2002@10:13:15.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 19 September 2003@00:56:51.
David Whitehead (augmented note, with a suggestion from Nicholas Fincher) on 17 September 2004@07:43:13.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 6 March 2011@05:46:14.
David Whitehead (expanded note) on 7 May 2012@08:25:06.
David Whitehead (improved note, courtesy of Dr Nick Nicholas) on 9 March 2014@06:26:07.
Catharine Roth (added a keyword) on 9 March 2014@18:29:23.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 30 December 2015@01:22:11.


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