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Local government WebPages
- Municipality of Louros WebPage
In South-Eastern Thesprotia, below the mountains of Souli, flows the river Acheron,
the river of the dead and the wailing. Thesprotia, land of Aidoneos-Hades, with
the famous necromance at the river-banks, is filled with myths and legends through
Starting off at Glyki, we can walk in the river of the legends, in the gorge and
the springs of Acheron. The motorway which begins inside Glyki, on the left of
the Igoumenitsa-Paramythia-Preveza road, leads alongside the river, into a forest
of plane-trees. We leave the car and we proceed on foot, along the path up to
the sources of the river. We continue through the cool river, entering the main
part of the gorge, walking against the stream. At the junction of the Acheron
river with the "Dala" stream, which comes down from Souli, there is
a stone bridge and on our right there is the famous "Skala tis Tzavelenas"
(stairway of Tzavelena), the old path of the Souliotes. Most people stop at the
bridge, others continue to the sources of the Dala stream at the old water-mill,
but the few daring ones, take the road which leads to Hades’ gates towards Sertziana
The vertical rocks join together, leaving just enough space for the river to go
through. In the past they used to join at the top, giving the impression of a
giant gate, but the top collapsed. Those who come this far, will have fully tasted
the quintessence of the legends!
This text is cited June 2003 from the Thesprotia Prefecture Tourism Promotional Committee URL below, which contains images.
- Thesprotia Prefecture Tourism Committee WebPage
- Municipality of Fanari WebPage
Perseus Project index
Total results on 29/3/2001: 111 for Acheron, 31 for Acheron;river.
Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities
A river in Thesprotia, in Epirus, which flows through the lake Acherusia into the Ionian Sea.
- Perseus: Harry Thurston Peck, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities (1898)
Greek & Roman Geography (ed. William Smith)
Acheron (Acheron), the name of several rivers, all of which were,
at least at one time, believed to be connected with the lower world. The Acheron
as a river of the lower world, is described in the Diet. of Biogr. and Myth.
A river of Epeirus in Thesprotia, which passed through the lake Acherusia
(Acherousia limne), and after receiving the river Cocytus (Kokutos), flowed into
the Ionian sea, S. of the promontory Cheimerium. Pliny (iv. 1) erroneously states
that the river flowed into the Ambraciot gulf. The bay of the sea into which it
flowed was usually called Glycys Limen (Glukus limen) or Sweet-Harbour, because
the water was fresh on account of the quantity poured into it from the lake and
river. Scylax and Ptolemy call the harbour Elaea (Elaia), and the surrounding
district bore according to Thucydides the name of Elaeatis (Elaiatis). The Acheron
is the modern Gurla or river of Suli, the Cocytus is the Vuvo, and the great marsh
or lake below Kastri the Acherusia. The water of the Vuvo is reported to be bad,
which agrees with the account of Pausanias (i. 17. § 5) in relation to the water
of the Cocytus (ndor aterpestaton). The Glycys Limen is called Port Fanari, and
its water is still fresh; and in the lower part of the plain the river is commonly
called the river of Fandri. The upper part of the plain is called Glyky; and thus
the ancient name of the harbour has been transferred from the coast into the interior.
On the Acheron Aidoneus, the king of the lower world, is said to have reigned,
and to have detained here Theseus as a prisoner; and on its banks was an oracle
called nekuomanteion (Herod. v. 92. § 7), which was consulted by evoking the spirits
of the dead. (Thuc. i. 46; Liv. viii. 24; Strab. p. 324; Steph. B. s. v.; Paus.
i. 17.> § 5; Dion Cass. l. 12; Scylax, p. 11; Ptolem. iii. 14. § 5; Leake, Northern
Greece, vol. i. p. 232, seq. iv. p. 53.)
This text is from: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854) (ed. William Smith, LLD). Cited September 2004 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks
- Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854) (ed. William Smith, LLD)