Isauria

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Isauria

(aɪˈsɔːrɪə)
n
(Placename) an ancient district of S central Asia Minor, chiefly on the N slopes of the W Taurus Mountains
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this was the country of the Isaurians, tough mountaineers who made valuable soldiers, and in 479, one of them who had married the emperor's daughter, became emperor himself, taking the name of Zeno, which sounded more civilised than the name with which he was born.