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PO´TNIAE (Πότνιαι Eth. Ποτνιεύς, fem. Ποτνιάς), a village of Boeotia, on the road from Thebes to Plataea, distant 10 stadia from the former city. It was in ruins in the time of Pausanias, and contained a grove sacred to Demeter and Cora (Proserpine). Potniae is celebrated in mythology as the residence of Glaucus, who was torn to pieces by his infuriated mares. (Xen. Hell. 5.4. 51; Paus. 9.8. §§ 1, 3; Steph. B. sub voce Plin. Nat. 25.8. s. 53; Verg. G. 3.268; Ov. Ibis, 557; Dict. of Biogr. art. GLAUCUS) According to Strabo (p. 412) some authorities regarded Potniae as the Hypothebae of Homer (Hom. Il. 2.505). Gell places Potniae in the neighbourhood of the modern village of Taki. (Gell, Itinerary, p. 110; comp. Leake, Northern Greece, vol. ii. p. 323.)

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    • Pausanias, Description of Greece, 9.8
    • Xenophon, Hellenica, 5.4.51
    • Homer, Iliad, 2.505
    • Vergil, Georgics, 3.268
    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 25.8
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