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The Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites
The harbor town of Thessalian Thebes on a small hill overlooking the
Bay of Volo. A small fish pond between the hill and the sea represents the site
of the ancient harbor, known in later times as Demetrion from the early and important
Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore. The site of the sanctuary is disputed, but numerous
gravestones attest the international character of the harbor. Stahlin found an
early circuit wall of field stones and mudbrick overlaid by Byzantine remains
near the top of the hill, and other similar walls at the foot on the NE and E.
M. H. Mc Allister, ed.
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Greek & Roman Geography (ed. William Smith)
Purasos, Purrhasos, Eth. Purasaios. A town of Phthiotis in Thessaly,
mentioned by Homer along with Phylace and Iton, and described by him as Purrhason
anthemoenta, Demetros temenos. (Il. ii. 695.) Pyrasus was situated on the Pagasaean
gulf, at the distance of 20 stadia from Thebes, and possessed a good harbour (eulimenos,
Strab. ix. p. 435). It had disappeared in the time of Strabo. Its name was superseded
by that of Demetrium, derived from the temple of Demeter, spoken of by Homer,
and which Strabo describes as distant two stadia from Pyrasus. Demetrium is mentioned
as a town of Phthiotis by Scylax (p. 24, Hudson), Livy (xxviii. 6), Stephanus
B. (s. v. Demetrion), and Mela (ii. 3). Leake places Pyrasus at Kokkina, where
there are vestiges of an ancient town, consisting of wrought quadrangular blocks,
together with many smaller fragments, and an oblong height with a flat summit,
partly if not wholly artificial. He also states that at Kokkina there is a circular
basin full of water near the shore, which was once probably a small harbour, since
there are traces of a mole not far from it. The exact site of the temple was probably
at a spot, 5 minutes short of Kokkina, where exist many stones and some hewn blocks.
(Leake, Northern Greece, vol. iv. p. 366.)
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
- Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854) (ed. William Smith, LLD)
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