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At the top of the hill there are still ruins of the ancient Dorion.
Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities
A town of Messenia, where Thamyris the musician challenged the Muses to a trial of skill. Pausanias (iv. 33) notices this ancient town, of which he saw the ruins near a fountain named Achaia.
- Perseus: Harry Thurston Peck, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities (1898)
Greek & Roman Geography (ed. William Smith)
Dorium (Dorion), a town of Messenia, celebrated in Homer as the place
where the bard Thamyris was smitten with blindness, because he boasted that he
could surpass the Muses in singing. (Hom. Il. ii. 599.) Strabo says that some
persons said Dorium was a mountain, and others a plain; but there was no trace
of the place in his time, although some identified it with a place called Oluris
(Olouris) or Olura (Oloura), in the district of Messenia named Aulon. (Strab.
viii. p.350.) Pausanias, however, places the ruins of Dorium on the road from
Andania to Cyparissia. After leaving Andania, he first came to Polichne; and after
crossing the rivers Electra and Coeus, he reached the fountain of Achaia and the
ruins of Dorium. (Paus. iv. 33. § 7.) The plain of Sulima appears to be the district
of the Homeric Dorium. (Leake, Morea, vol. i. p. 484; Curtius, Peloponnesos, vol.
ii. p. 154.)
This text is from: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854) (ed. William Smith, LLD). Cited September 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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