), signified a piece of land running into the sea, and attached to another larger piece of land, but not necessarily by a narrow neck. Thus Herodotus gives the name of Acte to Asia Minor as compared with the rest of Asia (4.38), and also to Africa itself as jutting out from Asia (4.41). Attica also was originally called Acte.
(Steph. B. sub voce
] The name of Acte, however, was more specifically applied to the easternmost of the three promontories jutting out from Chalcidice in Macedonia, on which Mt. Athos stands.
It is spoken of under ATHOS