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ACROTHO´UM

ACROTHO´UM or ACROTHO´I (Ἀκρόθωον Her. 7.22; Ἀκρόθωοι, Thuc. 4.109; Strab. p. 331; Scyl. p. 26 ; Steph. B. sub voce Acroathon, Mel. 2.2; Acrothon, Plin. Nat. 4.10. s. 17: Eth.Ἀκρόθωος, Eth. Ἀκροθωίτης), a town in the peninsula of Acte, in Chalcidice in Macedonia, situated near the extremity of the peninsula, probably upon the site of the modern Lavra. Strabo, Pliny, and Mela seem to have supposed that Acrothoum stood upon the site of Mt. Athos; but this is an impossibility. [ATHOS] It was stated by Mela and other ancient writers that the inhabitants of Acrothoi lived longer than ordinary men. Mannert and others erroneously suppose Acrothoi to have been the same place as the later Uranopolis. (Leake, Northern Greece, vol. iii. p. 149.)

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    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 4.10
    • Thucydides, Histories, 4.109
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