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MASES

MASES (Μάσης, Μάσητος, Steph. B. sub voce: Eth Μασήτιος), an ancient city in the district Hermionis, in the Argolic peninsula, mentioned by Homer along with Aegina. In the time of Pausanias it was used as a harbour by Hermione. (Hom. Il. 2.562; Strab. viii. p.376; Paus. 2.36.2; Steph. B. sub voce It was probably situated on the western coast of Hermionis, at the head of the deep bay of Kiládhia, which is protected by a small island in front. The possession of this harbour on the Argolic gulf must have been of great advantage to the inhabitants of Hermione, since they were thus saved the navigation round the peninsula of Kranídhi: The French Commission, however, place Mases more to the south, at port Kheli, which we suppose to have been the site of Halice. [HALICE.] (Leake, Morea, vol. ii. p. 463, Peloponnesiaca, p. 287; Boblaye, Récherches, &c. p. 61; Curtius, Peloponnesos, vol. ii. p. 462.)

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