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Armenium town

  Armenium (Armenion: Magula), a town of Pelasgiotis in Thessaly, situated between Pherae and Larissa, near the lake Boebeis, said to have been the birthplace of Armenus, who accompanied Jason to Asia, and gave his name to the country of Armenia. It is hardly necessary to remark, that this tale, like so many others, arose from the accidental similarity of the names. The Magula is a circular eminence three quarters of a mile in circumference, which has some appearance of having been surrounded with walls; and where though little is observable at present except broken stones and fragments of ancient pottery, these are in such an abundance as leaves no doubt of its having been an Hellenic site. (Strab. xi. pp. 503, 530; Leake, Northern Greece, vol. iv. p. 451.)

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


(Melambion), a place in Pelasgiotis in Thessaly, near Scotussa, is mentioned in connection with the movements of the armies before the battle of Cynoscephalae. Leake places it near the sources of the Onchestus, at a place called Dederiani. (Polyb. xviii. 3, 6; Liv. xxxiii. 6; Leake, Northern Greece, vol. iv. p. 473.)

Nessonis lacus

  Nessonis lacus (he Nessonis limne), a lake of Pelasgiotis in Thessaly, lying east of Larissa, now called Karatjair or Maurolimne. In summer it is only a marsh, and contains very little water, but in winter it is filled by the overflowing of the Peneius. When the basin is filled, its superfluous waters are conducted by a channel into the lake Boebeis, now called Karla. (Strab. ix. p. 440; Leake, Northern Greece, vol. i. p. 445, vol. iv. p. 403.) Strabo regarded the lakes Nessonis and Boebeis as the remains of the great lake which covered Thessaly, before the waters found an outlet through the vale of Tempe to the sea; but he is mistaken in saying that Nessonis is larger than Boebeis. (Strab. ix. p. 430.) Nessonis received its name from a town Nesson, which is mentioned only by Stephanus B. (s. v. Nesson).

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


Angea a place in Thessaly in the district Thessaliotis, of uncertain site. (Liv. xxxii. 13.)


Sperchiae a place in Thessaly, which, according to the description of Livy (xxxii. 13), would seem to have been situated at no great distance from the sources of the Spercheius. Ptolemy (iii. 13. ยง 17) mentions a place Spercheia between Echinus and Thebes in Phthiotis; and Pliny (iv. 7. s. 13) places Sperchios in Doris. It is probable that these three names indicate the same place, but that its real position was unknown.

Acharne, Acharrae

Acharrae a town of Thessaly in the district Thessaliotis, on the river Pamisus, mentioned only by Livy (xxxii. 13), but apparently the same place as the Acharne of Pliny (iv. 9. s. 16).

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