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Greek & Roman Geography (ed. William Smith)


Pisatis (he Pisthtis) is the lower valley of the Alpheius. This river, after its long course through Arcadia, enters a fertile valley in the Pisatis, bounded on either side by green hills, and finally flows into the sea through the sandy plain on the coast between two large lagunes. North of the Alpheius. Mount Pholoe, which is an offshoot of Erymanthus, extends across the Pisatis from east to west, and separates the waters of the Peneius and the Ladon from those of the Alpheius. (Strab. viii. p. 357.) It terminates in the promontory, running southwards far into the sea, and opposite the island of Zacynthus. This promontory was called in ancient times Icthys (Ichthus, Strab. viii. p. 343) on account of its shape: it now bears the name of Katakolo. It appears to be the natural boundary of the Pisatis; and accordingly we learn from Strabo that some persons placed the commencement of the Pisatis at Pheia, a town on the isthmus of Ichthys, though he himself extends the district as far as the promontory Chelonatas. (Strab. viii. p. 343.) Mount Pholoe rises abruptly on its northern side towards the Peneius, but on the southern side it opens into numerous valleys, down which torrents flow into the Alpheius.

This extract is from: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854) (ed. William Smith, LLD). Cited August 2004 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks

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