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Helicon River

DION (Ancient city) PIERIA
A river of Macedonia, near Dium, the same, according to Pausanias (ix. 30), with the Baphyrus.

There is also a river called Helicon. After a course of seventy-five stades the stream hereupon disappears under the earth. After a gap of about twenty-two stades the water rises again, and under the name of Baphyra instead of Helicon flows into the sea as a navigable river. The people of Dium say that at first this river flowed on land throughout its course. But, they go on to say, the women who killed Orpheus wished to wash off in it the blood-stains, and thereat the river sank underground, so as not to lend its waters to cleanse manslaughter.

This extract is from: Pausanias. Description of Greece (ed. W.H.S. Jones, Litt.D., & H.A. Ormerod, 1918). Cited Oct 2002 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains comments & interesting hyperlinks.

Baphyras river

  Baphyras or Baphyrus (Baphuras), a small river of Macedonia, flowing by Dium through marshes into the sea. It was celebrated for the excellence of its teuthides, or cuttle-fish. (Liv. xliv. 6; Athen. vii. p. 326, d.; Lycophr. 274.) Pausanias (ix. 30. § 8) relates that this was the same river as the Helicon, which, after flowing 75 stadia above ground, has then a subterraneous course of 22 stadia, and on its reappearance is navigable under the name of Baphyras. (Leake, Northern Greece, vol. iii. p. 411.)

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