: Eth. Ὠκαλεύς
), an ancient city of Boeotia, mentioned by Homer, situated upon a small stream of the same name, at an equal distance from Haliartus and Alalcomenae.
It lay in the middle of a long narrow plain, bounded on the east by the heights of Haliartus, on the west by the mountain Tilphossium, on the south by a range of low hills, and on the north by the lake Copais.
This town was dependent upon Haliartus.
The name is probably only a dialectic form of Oechalia. Its site is indicated by several squared blocks on the right bank of the stream. (Hom. Il. 2.501
, Eymn. Apoll.
242; Strab. ix. p.410
; Apollod. 2.4.11
; Plin. Nat. 4.7. s. 12
; Steph. B. sub voce
Leake, Northern Greece,
vol. ii. p. 205, seq.; Forchhammer, Hellenika,