(īdā`lēəm), ancient town in Cyprus. It had a well-known temple of Aphrodite. An inscription in Phoenician and Cypriote, found on a temple site at Idalium, gave the key to the Cypriote language. Idalium is near the modern village of Dhali.
(38.) Bejouai presents them in this order: the southwest cluster includes the islands of Scyros and Cyprus with the Cypriot city of Idalium; the southeast cluster (partly destroyed) puts Cnidos with two lost companion "islands"; the northeast cluster shows Rhodes, Cytherae and the Cypriot city of Paphos; the northwest cluster has the island of Lemnos, the city of Eryx, and a missing third; while the central cluster depicts the island of Naxos and the cities of Egusa (on Sicily) and Cnossos (on Crete).
Julius Caesar's announcement of his divine status is banal (out of harmony with what is otherwise one of Propertius' most ambitious and highly wrought elegies), otiose (the astrum Idalium itself recalls both Caesar's descent from Venus and the comet that was supposed to have announced his divinity, and he had officially been Diuus Iulius for over a quarter of a century), and stylistically anomalous (the quoted words are not introduced by any formula that signals the quotation).