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The Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites

Peirasia (Asterion)

  A city on a rocky hill of white crystalline limestone, on the W bank of the Enipeus, S of Vlochos. Stephanos Byzantinos identified the city, which flourished in the 5th and 4th c., with Homeric Asterion, named for the brilliance of the white rock. Concentric walls of semipolygonal masonry surrounded the acropolis; they were strengthened by numerous towers and had two gates on the S side.

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.



Beside the cited reports, the history of the ancient city remains unknown. It has been identified to the S of the modern village of Vlochos, where ancient and medievaf ruins lie.

Greek & Roman Geography (ed. William Smith)


  Asterium (Asterion: Eth. Asteriotes), a town of Thessaly, mentioned by Homer, who speaks of Asterium and the white summits of Titanus. (Asterion Titanoio te leuka karena, II. ii. 735.) Asterium was said to be the same city as Peiresia or Peiresiae (Steph. B. s. v. Asterion), which is described by Apollonius Rhodius (i. 35) as placed near the junction of the Apidanus and Enipeus, and by the author of the Orphica as near the confluence of the Apidanus and Enipeus. (Orphic. Argon. 164.) Leake remarks that both these descriptions may be applied to the hill of Vlokho, which is situated between the junction of the Apidanus and the Enipeus and that of the united stream with the Peneius, and at no great distance from either confluence. There are some ruins at Vlockho, which represent Asterium or Peiresiae; while the white calcareous rocks of the hill explain and justify the epithet which Homer gives to Titanus. Strabo (ix. p. 439), who places Titanus near Arne, also speaks of its white colour. Peiresiae is said by Apollonius to have been near Mount Phylleium, which Leake supposes to be the heights separated by the river from the hill of Vlokho. Near Mount Phylleium Strabo (ix. p. 435) places a city Phyllus, noted for a temple of Apollo Phylleius. Statius (Theb. iv. 45) calls this city Phylli. The town of Iresiae mentioned by Livy (xxxii. 13), is perhaps a false reading for Peiresiae. (Leake, Northern Greece, vol. iv. p. 322, seq.)

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

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