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The islands of the Taphians, or, in earlier times, of the Teleboans, among which was Taphos,. now called Taphius, were distinct from the Echinades; not in the matter of distances (for they lie near them), but in that they are classified as under different commanders, Taphians and Teleboans.1 Now in earlier times Amphitryon made an expedition against them with Cephalus the son of Deïoneus, an exile from Athens, and gave over their government to him, but the poet says that they were marshalled under Mentes,2 calling them pirates,3 as indeed all the Teleboans are said to be pirates. So much, then, for the islands lying off Acarnania.

1 The latter name is not found in the Iliad or Odyssey.

2 Hom. Od. 1.180.

3 Hom. Od. 15.427.

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