is a Roman Catholic Titular bishopric
in the former (Egyptian) Roman province
of Augustamnica prima
Pliny the Elder
(Hist. naturalis, V, xiv) places the town sixty-five miles from Pelusium. Ptolemy
(IV, v, 6) locates it in Cassiotis
, between Mount Cassius and Rhinocolura
, George of Cyprus
and other geographers always mention it as in Augustamnica.
We learn from Josephus
("Bellum Jud.", IV, xi, 5) that Vespasian
stopped there with his army on the way from Egypt into Palestine
; the city then had no ramparts. It received its water from the Delta by a canal. A Roman garrison was stationed there.
, II, 545) speaks of three bishops, Theoctistus, Serapion and Abraham, who lived in the fourth and fifth centuries.
There is in this region, near the sea, a small town called Straki
, which probably replaced Ostracine.