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A mountainchain in the northwest angle of Arcadia, celebrated in fable as the haunt of the savage boar destroyed by Heracles. Apollonius places the Erymanthian monster in the wilds of Mount Lampea; but this mountain was that part of the chain where the river Erymanthus took its rise.
Erymanthus (Erumanthos), a lofty range of mountains on the frontiers of Arcadia, Achaia, and Elis. It formed the western point of the northern barrier of Arcadia; and Mt. Lampeia, which extends southwards, is a portion of the range. The two principal heights are now called O/lonos and Kalefoni, the former being 7.297 feet above the level of the sea, and the latter 6.227 feet. From Erymanthus four rivers rise, - the Eleian Peneius, the Arcadian Erymanthus, and the Peirus and Selinus of Achaia. The river Erymanthus, which is a tributary of the Achelous, is spoken of under the latter name. Mount Erymanthus is celebrated in mythology as the haunt of the fierce boar destroyed by Hercules. (Strab. viii. pp. 343, 357; Pans. v. 7. § 1, viii. 24. § 4, seq.; Hom. Od. vi. 104; Apollod. ii. 5; Leake, Morea. vol. ii. p. 253, Peloponneaiaca, pp. 203, 204, 224; Boblaye, Recherches, &c. pp. 118, 124; Curtius, Peloposnesos, vol. i. pp. 17, 384.)
This text is from: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854) (ed. William Smith, LLD). Cited July 2004 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks
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