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MA´RIUS (Μαρίος), a town of Laconia, belonging in the time of Pausanias to the Eleuthero-Lacones, was situated 100 stadia east of Geronthrae. It contained a sanctuary of all the gods and, one of Artemis, and in each there were copious springs of water. It is represented by Mari, which stands on the road from Gheráki (Geronthrae) over the mountains to Kremastí; but, according to the French Commission, its real distance from Geronthrae is from 75 to 80 stadia, and not 100, as is stated by Pausanias. There are ruins of the ancient town about a mile and a half to the south of the modern village, and the place is still characterised by its abundant fountains. (Paus. 3.21.7, 22.8; Boblaye, Récherches, &c. p. 96; Leake, Peloponnesiaca, p. 362; Curtius, Peloponnesos, vol. ii. p. 303.)

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