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The Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites
A town situated, according to Pausanias, at the sources of the Bouphagos
river. It has long been identified with a fortified hill site, commanding the
road from the plain of Elis to the plain of Megalopolis, near the springs of Papadaes.
There are remains of inner and outer circuits, with both rectangular and round
towers, and gates protected by flanking walls. The masonry, of local grayblue
limestone, is well fitted, of coursed rectangular or trapezoidal blocks with the
exception of a few large, unshaped stones; it has been dated late 4th or early
3d c. B.C. by comparison with similar work (a few large blocks remaining from
the archaic period) in the S fort at Gortys. A triglyph, a limestone column drum,
and a few scraps of wall are the only traces of other structures.
Not far away at Haghios Nikolaos is another small fort overlooking
the same route; it lies W of Gortys above the village of Vlachorafti at the highest
point of the range. There seem to be remains of two circuit walls with towers.
The masonry is generally similar to that at Palaiokastro.
A third fort in the same area overlooks Gortys and Haghios Nikolaos
and commands one of the few routes to E Arkadia. Natural outcroppings were supplemented
with large unshaped blocks, two or three courses of which are preserved in several
places. There is a cross wall at the narrowest point and a projecting rectangular
tower. The remains, with the exception of three cut limestone blocks, appear to
be from the archaic period, as does an inscribed stele found at the foot of the
M. H. Mc Allister, ed.
This text is from: The Princeton encyclopedia of classical sites,
Princeton University Press 1976. Cited Nov 2002 from
Perseus Project URL below, which contains bibliography & interesting hyperlinks.
- Buphagium: Perseus Lookup Tool, text search
- Bouphagion: Perseus Lookup Tool, text search
Greek & Roman Geography (ed. William Smith)
Bouphagion. A town of Arcadia, in the district Cynuria, situated near the sources
of the river Buphagus (Bouphagos), a tributary of the Alpheius, which formed the
boundary between the territories of Heraea and Megalopolis. It is placed by Leake
at Papadha, and by Boblaye, near Zula-Sarakini.
- Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854) (ed. William Smith, LLD)
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