An ancient town of Laconia, on the Eurotas, twenty miles southeast of Sparta. It is said to
have been the abode of Tyndarus, and of Castor and Pollux, who are hence called Amyclaei
Fratres. After the conquest of Peloponnesus by the Dorians, the Achaeans maintained
themselves in Amyclae for a long time; but it was at length taken and destroyed by the
Lacedaemonians under Teleclus. Amyclae still continued memorable by the festival of the
Hyacinthia celebrated at the place annually, and by the colossal statue of Apollo, who was
hence called Amyclaeus.
An ancient town of Latium, east of Terracina, on the Sinus Amyclanus, claimed to be an
Achaean colony from Laconia. The inhabitants were said to have deserted it on account of its
being infested by serpents; whence Vergil speaks of tacitae Amyclae
Aen. x. 564.