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Greek & Roman Geography (ed. William Smith)
Also Thalame, Eth. Thalamatas. A town of Laconia, distant 80 stadia
north of, Oetylus, and 20 stadia from Pephnus. (Paus. iii. 26. § § 1, 2.) Pephnus
was on the coast, on the eastern side of the Messenian gulf, and Thalamae was
situated inland, probably at or near Platza, upon the river Milea, the minor Pamisus
of Strabo (viii. p. 361). Ptolemy (iii. 16. § 22) also calls it one of the inland
towns of Laconia. Theopompus called Thalamae a Messenian town (Steph. B. s. v.
Thalamai), and we know that the Messenians said that their territory originally
extended as far as the minor Pamisus. Thalamae was said to have been founded by
Pelops, and was called in the time of Strabo the Boeotian Thalamae, as if it had
received a Boeotian colony. (Strab. viii. p. 360.) Thalamae is mentioned by Polybius
(xvi. 16). It was subsequently one of the Eleuthero-Laconian towns. (Paus. iii.
21. § 7.) In the territory of Thalamae, on the road to Oetylus was a temple and
oracle of Ino or Pasiphae, in which the future was revealed to those that slept
in the temple. Even the Spartan kings sometimes slept in the temple for this purpose.
The temple probably stood upon the promontory Trachela, where there are some ancient
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- Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854) (ed. William Smith, LLD)
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