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As for Pella, though it was formerly small, Philip greatly enlarged it, because he was reared in it. It has a lake before it; and it is from this lake that the Ludias River flows, and the lake is supplied by an offshoot of the Axius. Then the Axius, dividing both Bottiaea and the land called Amphaxitis, and receiving the Erigon River, discharges its waters between Chalastra and Therma. And on the Anius River lies the place which Homer calls Amydon, saying that the Paeonians went to the aid of Troy from there, “"from afar, out of Amydon, from wide-flowing Axius."
12 But since the Axius is muddy and since a certain spring rises in Amydon and mingles "water most fair" with it, therefore the next line, “"Axius, whose water most fair is spread o'er Aea,"
34 is changed to read thus, “"Axius, o'er which is spread Aea's water most fair"
5; for it is not the "water most fair" of the Axius that is spread over the face of the earth, but that of the spring o'er the Axius.

1 Hom. Il. 2.849

2 Cp. Frag. 20.

3 Hom. Il. 2.850

4 The usual meaning of "aea" in Homer is "earth."

5 Hom. Il. 2.850

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