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Pho·cis

 (fō′sĭs)
A historical region of central Greece north of the Gulf of Corinth. In early times (before 590 bc) it controlled the oracle at Delphi. The region was ultimately conquered by Philip II of Macedon.
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Phocis

(ˈfəʊsɪs)
n
(Placename) an ancient district of central Greece, on the Gulf of Corinth: site of the Delphic oracle
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Pho•cis

(ˈfoʊ sɪs)

n.
an ancient district in central Greece, N of the Gulf of Corinth: site of Delphic oracle.
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The shipowner, smiling, followed him with his eyes until he saw him spring out on the quay and disappear in the midst of the throng, which from five o'clock in the morning until nine o'clock at night, swarms in the famous street of La Canebiere, -- a street of which the modern Phocaeans are so proud that they say with all the gravity in the world, and with that accent which gives so much character to what is said, "If Paris had La Canebiere, Paris would be a second Marseilles." On turning round the owner saw Danglars behind him, apparently awaiting orders, but in reality also watching the young sailor, -- but there was a great difference in the expression of the two men who thus followed the movements of Edmond Dantes.
Fragment #1 -- Pseudo-Herodotus, Life of Homer: While living with Thestorides, Homer composed the "Lesser Iliad" and the "Phocais"; though the Phocaeans say that he composed the latter among them.
I believe this to be a hit at the writer's own countrymen who were of Phocaean descent, and the next following line to be a rejoinder to complaints made against her in bk.
Some say it's from Shiraz, the wine growing city in Persia and that the Phocaeans brought it up from their Greek colony in Marseilles around 600BC.