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The Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites
A city known only by references in inscriptions to its citizens and
to the widely-known Temple of Aphrodite Syria Phistyis at ancient Hieridai. It
is usually identified with the fortress at Neromana below the town of Soboniko
on the N side of Lake Trichonis, between Paravola and Thermon. The walls and towers,
of which four or five courses are preserved, resemble those at Thermon, and are
dated by comparison at the end of the 3d c. B.C. The identification rests chiefly
on the proximity of the site to Hieridai, which is above Tsakonina near Kryonero.
A 6th c. antefix, now in the museum at Agrinion, was found there in excavating
at the Church of the Madonna, and attests to the antiquity of the sanctuary. The
cult of Syrian Aphrodite is known only from inscriptions found there and elsewhere
in the region, all dated late 3d or 2d c. In the light of the modest circuit of
walls at Neromana, some have preferred to place Phistyon at Paravola. There are
numerous traces of ancient buildings, largely Hellenistic, throughout the fertile
land on the north side of the lake.
M. H. Mc Allister, ed.
This text is from: The Princeton encyclopedia of classical sites,
Princeton University Press 1976. Cited Nov 2002 from
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