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Of the seven cities1 which Agamemnon tendered to Achilles, I have already spoken about Cardamyle and Pherae and Pedasus. As for Enope,2 some say that it is Pellana,3 others that it is some place near Cardamyle, and others that it is Gerenia. As for Hire, it is pointed out near the mountain that is near Megalopolis in Arcadia, on the road that leads to Andania, the city which, as I have said,4 the poet called Oechalia; but others say that what is now Mesola,5 which extends to the gulf between Taÿgetus and Messenia, is called Hire. And Aepeia is now called Thuria, which, as I have said,6 borders on Pharae; it is situated on a lofty hill, and hence the name.7 From Thuria is derived the name of the Thuriates Gulf, on which there was but one city, Rhium8 by name, opposite Taenarum. And as for Antheia, some say that it is Thuria itself, and that Aepeia is Methone; but others say that of all the Messenian cities the epithet "deep-meadowed"9 was most appropriately applied to the intervening Asine, in whose territory on the sea is a city called Corone;10 moreover, according to some writers, it was Corone that the poet called Pedasus. “"And all are close to the salt sea,"
11Cardamyle on it, Pharae only five stadia distant (with an anchoring place in summer), while the others are at varying distances from the sea.

1 For their position see Map V in Curtius' Peloponnesos, end of vol. ii.

2 Hom. Il. 9.150

3 Also spelled Pellene; now Zugra.

4 8. 3. 25.

5 See 8. 4. 7.

6 8. 4. 4.

7 "Aepeia" being the feminine form of the Greek adjective "aepys," meaning "sheer," "lofty."

8 See 8. 4. 7.

9 "Deep-meadowed Antheia," Hom. Il. 9.151

10 Now Petalidi. Paus. 4.36.3 identifies Corone with Homer's Aepeia.

11 Hom. Il. 9.153

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