The springs of the Neda are in Mount Lycaeus. The river flows through the land of the Arcadians and turning again towards Messenia
forms the boundary on the coast between Messenia
. Then they were afraid of the he-goats drinking from the Neda, but it appeared that what the god foretold to them was this. Some of the Greeks call the wild fig-tree olynthe, but the Messenians themselves tragos （he-goat）. Now at that time a wild fig-tree growing on the bank of the Neda had not grown straight up, but was bending towards the stream and touching the water with the tips of its leaves.