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SCYLLAEUM (Σκυλλαῖον), a promontory of Troezenia, and the most easterly point of the Peloponnesus, is said to have derived its name from Scylla, the daughter of Nisus, who, after betraying Megara and Nisaea to Minos, was thrown by the latter into the sea, and was washed ashore on this promontory. Scyllaeum formed, along with the opposite promontory of Sunium in Attica, the entrance to the Saronic gulf. It is now called Kavo-Skyli; but as Pausanias, in the paraplus from Scyllaeum to Hermione, names Scyllaeum first, and then Bucephala, with three adjacent islands, it is necessary, as Leake has observed, to divide the extremity now known as Kavo-Skyli into two parts; the bold round promontory to the N. being the true Scyllaeum, and the acute cape a mile to the S. of it Bucephala, since the three islands are adjacent to the latter. (Paus. 2.34. § § 7, 8; Scylax, p. 20, Hudson; Strab. viii. p.373; Thuc. 5.53; Plin. Nat. 4.5. s. 9; Mela, 2.3; Leake, Morea, vol. ii. p. 462, Peloponnesiaca, p. 282; Boblaye, Recherches, p. 59; Curtius, Peloponnesos, vol. ii. p. 452.)

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    • Pausanias, Description of Greece, 2.34
    • Thucydides, Histories, 5.53
    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 4.5
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