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STRO´PHADES

STRO´PHADES (Στροφάδες: Eth. Στροφαδεύς: Strofadia and Strivali), formerly called Plotae (Πλωταί), two small islands in the Ionian sea, about 35 miles S. of Zacynthus, and 400 stadia distant from Cyparissia in Messenia, to which city they belonged. The sons of Boreas pursued the Harpies to these islands, which were called the “Turning” islands, because the Boreadae here returned from the pursuit. (Strab. viii. p.359; Ptol. 3.16.23; Steph. B. sub voce Plin. Nat. 4.12. s. 19; Mela, 2.7; Apollon. 2.296; Apollod. 1.9.21; Verg. A. 3.210; It. Ant. p. 523.)

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