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”2; but such an argument is refuted by those other lines, “"the hero,3 son of Imbrasus, who, as we know, had come from Aenus,"
”4 but he was the leader of the Thracians,5 “"all who are shut in by strong-flowing Hellespont";
”6 that is, Homer would represent those7 who are situated next after these8 as situated outside the Hellespont; that is, Aenus lies in what was formerly called Apsinthis, though now called Corpilice, whereas the country of the Cicones lies next thereafter towards the west.9
1 Frag. 51 (Bergk)
7 The Cicones, themselves inhabitants of Thraces.
8 The particular Thracians whose territory ended at Aenus, or the Hebrus River.
9 The argument of this misunderstood passage is as follows; Certain writers (1) make the Homeric Thrace extend as far as Crannon and Gyrton in Thessaly (Fr. 14, 16); then (2) interpret Homer as meaning that Peiroüs was the leader of all Thracians; therefore (3) the Homeric Hellespont extends to the southern boundary of Thessaly. But their opponents regard the clause "all who are shut in by strong-flowing Hellespont" as restrictive, that is, as meaning only those Thracians who (as "Aenus" shows) were east of the Cicones, or of Hebrus. Strabo himself seems to lean to the latter view.
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