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Greek & Roman Geography (ed. William Smith)


IION (Ancient city) KAVALA
  Eion: Eth. Eioneus. A town and fortress situated at the mouth of the Strymon, 25 stadia from Amphipolis, of which it was the harbour. (Thuc. iv. 102.) Xerxes, on his return after the defeat at Salamis, sailed from Eion to Asia. (Herod. viii. 118.) The Persian Boges was left in command of the town, which was captured, after a desperate resistance, by the Athenians and their confederates, under Cimon. (Herod. vii. 107; Thuc. i. 98; comp. Paus. viii. 8. § 2.) Brasidas attacked it by land and by boats on the river, but was repulsed by Thucydides, who had come from Thasos with his squadron in time to save it. (Thuc. iv. 107.) It was occupied by Cleon; and the remains of his army, after their defeat at Amphipolis, mustered again at Eion. (Thuc. v. 10.) Extensive ruins of thick walls, constructed of small stones and mortar, among which appear many squared blocks in the Hellenic style, have been found on the left bank of the Strymon beyond the ferry. These ruins belong to the Byzantine period, and have been attributed to a town of the Lower Empire, Komitisse, which the Italians have converted into Contessa. These remains at the ferry stand nearly, if not exactly, on the site of Eion on the Strymon. (Leake, Northern Greece, vol. iii. p. 172.)

This text is from: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854) (ed. William Smith, LLD). Cited June 2004 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks

Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities


A town in Thrace, at the mouth of the Strymon, twenty-five stadia from Amphipolis, of which it was the harbour.


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