Achilleos Dromos (Dromos Achilleos, or Achilleos, or Achilleios, or
Achilleios, a long narrow strip of land in the Euxine, NW. of the Chersonesus
Taurica (Crimea) and S. of the mouth of the Borysthenes (Dnieper), running W.
and E., with a slight inclination N. and S., for about 80 miles, including that
portion of the coast from which it is a prolongation both ways. It is now divided
by a narrow gap, which insulates its W. portion, into two parts, called Kosa (i.
e. tongue) Tendra on the W., and Kosa Djarilgatclh on the E. In the ancient legends,
which connected Achilles with the NW. shores of the Euxine, this strip of land
was pitched upon as a sort of natural stadium on which he might have exercised
that swiftness of foot which Homer sings; and he was supposed to have instituted
games there. Further to the W., off the mouth of the Ister, lay a small island,
also sacred to the hero, who had a temple there. This island, called Achillis
Insula, or Leuce (Achilleos e Leuke nesos), was said to be the place to which
Thetis transported the body of Achilles. By some it was made the abode of the
shades of the blest, where Achilles and other heroes were the judges of the dead.
Geographers identify it with the little island of Zmievoi, or Oulan Adassi (i.
e. Serpents' Island) in 30° 10' long., 45° 15' N. lat. (Herod. iv. 55,
76; Eurip. Iphig. in Taur. 438; Pind. Olymp. ii. 85; Paus. iii. 19. § 11; Strab.
pp. 306-308, foll.; and other passages collected by Ukert, vol. iii. p. 2, pp.
442, foll., and Forbiger, vol. iii. pp. 1121-1122.)
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