（ἡ Βόλβη λίμνη
), a lake in Mygdonia in Macedonia, at no great distance from the sea. (Aeseh. Pers.
486; Scylax, p. 27
; Thuc. 1.58
; Cantacuz. 2.25.)
The lake empties itself into the Strymonic gulf,; by means of a river flowing through the pass called Aulon or Arethusa. (Thuc. 4.103
The name of this river is not mentioned by Thucydides, but it is evidently the same as the Rechius (Ῥήχιος
) of Procopius (de Aedif.
4.4). Among the smaller streams flowing into the lake we find mention of the Ammites (Ἀμμίτης
) and Olynthiacus (Ὀλυνθιακός
). (Athen. 8.334
The perch (λάβραχ
) of the lake was particularly admired by the gastronomic poet Archestratus. (Athen. 7.311
The lake is now called Besíkia.
It is about 12 miles in length, and 6 or 8 in breadth. (Clarke, Travels,
vol. 2.3. p. 376; Leake, Northern Greece,
vol. iii. pp. 170, 231, 462; Tafel, Thessalonica,
p. 14, seq.)
A town of the same name, situated upon the lake (Steph. B. sub voce Βόλβαι
), to which Procopius (de Aedif.
4.4) gives the name of Bolbus (Βολβός
). Leake places it on the northern side of the lake, on the site of the modern town of Besíkia.
(Leake, Northern Greece,
vol. iii. p. 231.)