At present those are called Cephallenians who inhabit Cepliallenia. But Homer calls all those under the command of Ulysses by this name, among whom are the Acarnanians; for when he says, “‘Ulysses led the Cephallenians, those who possessed Ithaca, and Neritum, waving with woods,’1” (the remarkable mountain in this island; so also,
for Dulichium itself was one of the Echinades; and again,
“ they who came from Dulichium, and the sacred Echinades,2”Il. ii. 625.
when Buprasium is situated in Elis; and so,
“ Buprasium and Elis,3”Il. ii. 615.
when the latter places are in Eubœa; so again,
“ they who inhabited Eubœa, Chalcis, and Eretria,4”Il. ii. 536.
and these also were Trojans): but after mentioning Neritum, he says, “‘and they who inhabited Crocyleia and rocky Ægilips, Zacynthus, Samos, Epirus, and the country opposite to these islands;’6” he means by Epirus the country opposite to the islands, intending to include together with Leucas the rest of Acarnania, of which he says,
“ Trojans, Lycians, and Dardanians,5”Il. viii. 173.
because the district of Epirus (the Epirotis) extended anciently perhaps as far as this place, and was designated by the common name Epirus. The present Cephallenia he calls Samos, as when he says,
“ twelve herds, and as many flocks of sheep in Epirus,7”Od. xiv. 100.
he makes a distinction between places of the same name by an epithet, assigning the name not to the city, but to the island. For the island contains four cities, one of which, called Samos, or Same, for it had either appellation, bore the same name as the island. But when the poet says,
“ in the strait between Ithaca and the hilly Samos,8”Od. iv. 671
he is evidently enumerating the islands, and calls that Same which he had before called Samos. But Apollodorus at one time says that the ambiguity is removed by the epithet, which the poet uses, when he says, “ and hilly Samos,
“ all the chiefs of the islands, Dulichium, Same, and the woody Zacynthus,9”Od. i. 246.
” meaning the island; and at another time he pretends that we ought to write “ Dulichium, and Samos,
” and not “ Same,
” and evidently supposes that the city is called by either name, Samos or Samé, but the island by that of Samos only. That the city is called Same is evident from the enumeration of the suitors from each city, where the poet says,
and from what is said about Ctimene,
“ there are four and twenty from Samé,10”Od. xvi. 249.
There is reason in this. For the poet does not express himself distinctly either about Cephallenia, or Ithaca, or the other neighbouring places, so that both historians and commentators differ from one another.
“ they afterwards gave her in marriage at Samé.11”Od. xv. 366.