). A spot in Thrace, near which the city of
Amphipolis was founded. It appears to have derived its name, which means “the Nine
Ways,” from the number of roads which met here from different parts of Thrace and
Macedon. It was here, according to Herodotus (vii. 114), that Xerxes and his army crossed the
Strymon on bridges, after having offered a sacrifice of white horses to that river and buried
alive nine youths and nine maidens.