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Crown of the East

i.e. Antioch, capital of Syria, which consisted of four walled cities, encompassed by a common rampart, that “enrounded them like a coronet.” It was also surnamed “the beautiful.”

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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