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PHAGRES (Φάγρης, Hecat. ap. Steph. B. sub voce Hdt. 7.112; Thuc. 2.99; Scyl. p. 27; Strab. vii. p.331, Fr. 33), a fortress in the Pieric hollow, and the first place after the passage of the Strymon. It is identified with the post station of Orfaná, on the great road from Greece to Constantinople, where Greek coins have been often found, and, among other small productions of Hellenic art, oval sling bullets of lead, or the “glandes” of which Lucan (7.512) speaks in his description of the battle of Pharsalia. These are generally inscribed with Greek names in characters of the best times, or with some emblem, such as a thunderbolt. (Leake, Northern Greece, vol. iii. p. 176; Clarke, Travels, vol. viii. p. 58.)


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    • Herodotus, Histories, 7.112
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