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SCHOENUS (Σχοινοῦς), the name of several towns, from the reeds or rushes growing in their neighbourhood.


(usually Σχοῖνος), a town in Boeotia, mentioned by Homer (Hom. Il. 2.497), and placed by Stabo upon a river of the same name in the territory of Thebes, upon the road to Anthedon, and at the distance of 50 stadia from Thebes. (Strab. ix. p.408; Eustath. ad loc.; Steph. B. sub voce Nicander, Theriac. 887; Plin. Nat. 4.7. s. 12.) This river is probably the stream flowing into the lake of Hylica from the valley of Moriki, and which near its mouth is covered with rushes. Nicander is clearly wrong, who makes (l.c.) the Schoenus flow into the lake Copais. (Ulrichs, Reisen, p. 258; Leake, Northern Greece, vol. ii. p. 320.) Schoenus was the birthplace of the celebrated Atalanta, the daughter of Schoenus (Paus. 8.35.10); and hence Statius gives to Schoenus the epithet of “Atalantaeus.” (Stat. Theb. 7.267.)


A town in the centre of Arcadia near Methydrium, which was said to have derived its name from the Boeotian Schoenus. (Paus. 8.35.10; Steph. B. sub voce Leake, Peloponnesiaca, p. 240.


A harbour in the Corinthia. [CORINTHUS p. 683a.]


A river near Maroneia in Thrace, mentioned only by Mela (2.2.8).

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