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Subject: History of Somalia, Taormina, Qandala, Opone, Somali people, Cities along the Silk Road, Hobyo, List of cities by time of continuous habitation, Serapion, Benadiri people
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Location Somalia
City-state existed: 2nd century

Sarapion (also spelled Serapion) was an ancient port city located in the Horn of Africa.


Main articles: Maritime history of Somalia and Somali aristocratic and court titles

Sarapion was briefly mentioned in Ptolemy's Geographia as one of the harbours a trader would encounter after sailing in a southernly direction on the Indian Ocean, passing by the Market of Spices (Damo) and the emporium of Opone along the way. The town is believed by modern scholars to have been positioned in the vicinity of Mogadishu and Warsheikh in present-day south-central Somalia.[1][2] At that time, it was governed by the Bazrangi, as part of the Kilwa Empire. Indeed, Mogadishu means "seat of the shah".

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