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Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities
A town of northern Phocis, with a shrine of Dionysus.
- Perseus: Harry Thurston Peck, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities (1898)
Pausanias states that the correct form of the name was Amphikleia,
and appeared in the Dogma of the Amphiktyons on the destruction of the Phokian
cities; but Herodotos men Amphikaian ekalesen hepomenos toi archaiotatoi ton logon.
Amphikaia was certainly the epichorian form, as is proved by the local legend
narrated by Pausanias. This form was associated with a cult of Dionysos, and cures
were effected di oneirhaton. The site is identified, apparently, on the hills
to the south of Kephisos, below and east of Lilaia, just above the modern Dadi
(Frazer v. 420): Pausanias' measurements here appear untrustworthy: Bursian i.
- Reginald Walter Macan, Herodotus: Commentary
Greek & Roman Geography (ed. William Smith)
Amphicaea or Amphicleia (Amphikaia, Herod., Steph. B.; Amphikleia,
Paus.: Eth. Amphikaieus, Amphikleieus, a town in the N. of Phocis, distant 60
stadia from Lilaea, and 15 stadia from Tithronium. It was destroyed by the army
of Xerxes in his invasion of Greece. Although Herodotus calls it Amphicaea, following
the most ancient traditions, the Amphictyons gave it the name of Amphicleia in
their decree respecting rebuilding the town. It also bore for some time the name
of Ophiteia (Ophiteia), in consequence of a legend, which Pausanias relates. The
place was celebrated in the time of Pausanias for the worship of Dionysus, to
which an inscription refers, found at Dhadhi, the site of the ancient town. (Herod.
viii. 33; Paus. x. 3. § 2, x. 33. § 9, seq.; Leake, Northern Greece, vol. ii.
pp. 75, 86.)
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
- Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854) (ed. William Smith, LLD)
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