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From the mountain range of Ida in this region, according to Demetrius, two spurs extend to the sea, one straight to Rhoeteium and the other straight to Sigeium, forming together a semicircular line, and they end in the plain at the same distance from the sea as the present Ilium; this Ilium, accordingly, lies between the ends of the two spurs mentioned, whereas the old settlement lies between their beginnings; and, he adds, the spurs include both the Simoeisian Plain, through which the Simoeis runs, and the Scamandrian Plain, through which the Scamander flows. This is called the Trojan Plain in the special sense of the term; and here it is that the poet represents most of the fights as taking place, for it is wider; and here it is that we see pointed out the places named by the poet Erineus,1 the tomb of Aesyetes,2 Batieia,3 and the monument of Ilus.4 The Scamander and Simoeis Rivers, after running near to Sigeium and Rhoeteium respectively, meet a little in front of the present Ilium, and then issue towards Sigeium and form Stomalimne,5 as it is called. The two plains above mentioned are separated from each other by a great neck of land which runs in a straight line between the aforesaid spurs, starting from the present Ilium, with which it is connected, and stretches as far as Cebrenia and, along with the spur's on either side,6 forms a complete letter .7

1 "Fig-tree." Hom. Il. 6.433

2 Hom. Il. 2.793

3 Hom. Il. 2.813

4 Hom. Il. 10.415

5 See 13. 1. 31 and footnote.

6 These spurs forming a semi-circular line, as stated above.

7 i.e., the uncial letter written backwards. See Leaf's diagram, p. 175.

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