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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
- Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854) (ed. William Smith, LLD)
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