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Eth. AEGOSPO´TAMI (Αἰγὸς ποταυοἱ, Aegos flumen, Pomp. Mel. 2.2; Plin. Nat. 2.59: Eth. Αἰγοσποταμίτης), i.e. the Goat-River, a stream in the Chersonesus, with, at one time, a town of the same name upon it. It was here that the famous defeat of the Athenian fleet by Lysander took place, B.C. 405, which put a close to the Peloponnesian war. There seems, however, to have been no town there at this time, for it is mentioned as a great error on the part of the Athenian generals, that they remained at a station where they had no town at hand to supply a market for provisions. (Plut. Alc. 36; Diod. 13.105; Strab. p. 287; comp. Grote, Hist. of Greece, vol. viii. p. 293.) In later times there must have been a town there, as the geographers especially mention it (Steph. Byz. s. v.), and there are coins of it extant.



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    • Diodorus, Historical Library, 13.105
    • Plutarch, Alcibiades, 36
    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 2.59
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