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ARE´NE (Ἀρήνη), a town mentioned by Homer as belonging to the dominions of Nestor. and situated near the spot where the Minyeius flows into the sea. (Hom. Il. 2.591, 11.723.) It also occurs in the Homeric Hymn to Apollo (423), in conjunction with other towns on the western coast of Peloponnesus. According to Pausanias (4.2.4, 3.7), it was built by Aphareus, who called it after Arene, both his wife and his sister by the same mother. It was commonly supposed in later times that Arene occupied the site of Samos or Samia in Triphylia, near the mouth of the Anigrus, which was believed to be the same as the Minyeius. (Strab. viii. p.346; Paus. 5.6.2.)

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