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And what a number of cities he captured!— [865] without crossing the stream of Halys or even stirring from his own hearth: such as the Acheloan1cities on the Strymonian sea which is located beside [870] the Thracian settlements.

1 If “Acheloan” is used, as some report, only of fresh water, the poet may have in mind the pile-dwellings of the Paeonians on Lake Prasias (mentioned by Hdt. 5.16); if “Acheloan” includes also salt water, the reference may be to the islands off Thrace—Imbros, Thasos, and Samothrace.

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