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MIEZA

MIEZA (Μίεζα: Eth.Μιεζαῖος, Eth. Μιεζεύς), a Macedonian city, the position of which it is most difficult to ascertain. Stephanus of Byzantium (s. v.), on the authority of Theagenes, assigns to an eponymous founder, Mieza, a sister of Beroea, and granddaughter of Macedon: this legend implies that it was an important city. From the name it would seem most natural to look for it in the neighbourhood of Beroea, which agrees with Ptolemy (3.13.39), who classes it among the cities of Emathia. Stephanus, on the other hand, still deriving his information apparently from Theagenes, alludes to it as a τόπος Στρυμόνος, and adds that it was sometimes called Strymonium. Alexander the Great established an Aristotelian school at Mieza (Plut. Alex. M. 7); and it was famed for a stalactitic cavern. (Plin. Nat. 31.2. s. 20; Leake, North. Greece, vol. iv. p. 583.)

[E.B.J]

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