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Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities
(Othrus). A lofty range of mountains in the south of Thessaly, extending from Mount Tymphrestus, or the most southerly part of Pindus, to the eastern coast. It shut in the great Thessalian plain on the south.
- Perseus: Harry Thurston Peck, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities (1898)
Greek & Roman Geography (ed. William Smith)
Othrys (he Othrus), a lofty chain of mountains, which shuts in the
plain of Thessaly from the south. It branches off from Mount Tymphrestus, a summit
in the range of Pindus, and runs nearly due east through Phthiotis to the sea
coast, thus separating the waters which flow into the Peneius from those of the
Spercheius. (Strab. ix. pp. 432, 433; comp. Herod. vii. 129; Plin. iv. 8. s. 15.)
On its northern side, many offshoots extend into the plain of Pharsalus. It is
lofty and covered with wood, whence the poets give it the epithet of nivalis (Virg.
Aen. vii. 675) and nenierosus (Lucan vi.337). It is now usually called Gura, from
a large village of this name upon its sides; but its highest summit, which lies
to the east of this village, is named Jeracovouni, and is 5669 feet above the
level of the sea. The subsoil of the whole range is a limestone of various and
highly-inclined strata occasionally mixed with iron ore, amyanthe and asbestos.
(Leake, Northern Greece, vol. ii. p. 17, vol. iv. p. 330, seq.; Journal of Geogr.
Society, vol. vii. p. 92.)
This text 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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