The Countrey of Chusistan.
*CHusistan, that is, The Countrey of Chus, lies between Fars or Persia, and the Stream Ditzel, and was anciently by Mercator, and since by Olearius, call'd Susiana, and (as the same Olearius believes) comprised Elam, from whence came the Elamites. Cluverius will have Chusistan to be the ancient Assyria, and Susiana the Coun∣trey at this Day call'd Elaran, in which he partly agrees with Olearius.
Susiana compris'd anciently Meltilene, Elimais, Cabamene, Characene, Cissia, Chaltapitis, and the fer∣tile Countrey of Dera.
The eminentest Rivers which water'd Susiana,* were Moseus & Oroates, by Ptolomy nam'd Rhunates; by Ammianus, Vatrochites and Euleus; by the Prophet Daniel, Ulai; both which had such exceed∣ing clear Water, that the Kings would have no other to drink.
The Inhabitants of Susiana were Elamites and Cossites.*
*The chiefest City was anciently call'd Susa, mention'd by Daniel, in the place where he speaks of the destruction of Persia, and foretells the be∣ginning of the Grecian Monarchy: It is now nam'd Desu; not far from which was the Royal Palace Susan, lying at the Stream Ulai, by Pliny call'd Uleus, where Ahassuerus, who Reign'd over a hundred and twenty seven Provinces, made the great Feast to all his Princes, mention'd in sacred Writ.
The other populous and Trading Cities are Alewas, Ramehormus, Schabur, Asker and Arhan. The Inhabitants, who have the Mountains to the Northward of them, are forc'd by the violent heat to retire amongst them during the Summer.