Next to Tænarum on the voyage to Onugnathus and to Maleæ1 is Amathus, (Psamathus,) a city; then follow Asine, and Gythium,2 the naval arsenal of Sparta, situated at an interval of 240 stadia. Its station for vessels, they say, is excavated by art. Farther on, between Gythium and Acræa, is the mouth of the Eurotas.3 To this place the voyage along the coast is about 240 stadia; then succeeds a marshy tract, and a village, Helos, which formerly was a city, according to Homer;
They say that it was founded by Helius the son of Perseus. There is a plain also call Leuce; then Cyparissia,5 a city upon a peninsula, with a harbour; then Onugnathus with a harbour; next Bœa, a city; then Maleæ. From these cities to Onugnathus are 150 stadia. There is also Asopus,6 a city in Laconia.
“ They who occupied Amyclæ, and Helos, a small town on the sea-coast.4”Il. ii. 584.