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However, let us dismiss these; and let us, taking that which is more obvious, say that, according to Homer, Eurypylus clearly reigned in the region of the Caïcus, so that perhaps a part of the Cilicians were subject to him, in which case there were three dynasties among them and not merely two.1 This statement is supported by the fact that there is to be seen in the territory of Elaea a torrential stream called the Ceteius; this empties into another like it, and this again into another, and they all end in the Caïcus. But the Caïcus does not flow from Ida, as Bacchylides2 states; neither is Euripides correct in saying that Marsyas“dwells in widely famed Celaenae, in the farthermost region of Ida;
3 for Celaenae is very far from Ida, and the sources of the Caïcus are also very far, for they are to be seen in a plain. Temnus is a mountain which forms the boundary between this plain and the Plain of Apia, as it is called, which lies in the interior above the Plain of Thebe. From Temnus flows a river called Mysius, which empties into the Caïcus below its sources; and it was from this fact, as some interpret the passage, that Aeschylus said at the opening of the prologue to the Myrmidons,“Oh! thou Caïcus and ye Mysian in-flows.
4Near the sources is a village called Gergitha, to which Attalus transferred the Gergithians of the Troad when he had destroyed their place.

1 Cf. 13. 1. 7, 67.

2 A fragment otherwise unknown (Bacchyl. Fr. 66 (Bergk)).

3 Eur. Fr. 1085 (Nauck)

4 Aesch. Fr. 143 (Nauck)

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