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Strabo, Geography (ed. H.C. Hamilton, Esq., W. Falconer, M.A.), BOOK IX., CHAPTER II. (search)
, by an inscription which Leake discovered there relating to the Museia, or the games
of the Muses, which were celebrated there under the presidency of the
Thespians. Pans. b. ix. c. 31. In the time of Pausanias the Grove of
the Muses contained a larger number of statues than any other place ill
Bœotia, and this writer has given an account of many of them. The
statues of the Muses were removed by Constantine from this place to his
new capital, where they were destroyed by fire, in A. D. 404. Smith. the birth-place of Hesiod.
It is on the right of Helicon, situated upon a lofty and rocky
spot, at the distance of about 40 stadia from Thespiæ. Hesiod
has satirized it in verses addressed to his father, for formerly
emigrating (to this place) from Cume in Ætolia, as follows:
He dwelt near Helicon in a wretched village, Ascra; bad in winter, in
summer intolerable, and worthless at any season.Works and Days, 639.
Helicon is contiguous to Phocis on its northern, and partly