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Ancient literary sources (1)
Pisatis first became widely famous on account of its rulers,
who were most powerful: they were Oenomaus, and Pelops who succeeded him, and
the numerous sons of the latter. And Salmoneus, too, is said to have reigned there;
at any rate, one of the eight cities into which Pisatis is divided is called Salmone.
So for these reasons, as well as on account of the temple at Olympia, the country
has gained wide repute. But one should listen to the old accounts with reserve,
knowing that they are not very commonly accepted; for the later writers hold new
views about many things and even tell the opposite of the old accounts, as when
they say that Augeas ruled over Pisatis, but Oenomaus and Salmoneus over Eleia;
and some writers combine the two tribes into one. But in general one should follow
only what is commonly accepted.
Indeed, the writers do not even agree as to the derivation
of the name Pisatis; for some derive it from a city Pisa, which bears the same
name as the spring; the spring, they say, was called "Pisa," the equivalent of
"pistra," that is "potistra"; and they point out the site of the city on a lofty
place between Ossa and Olympus, two mountains that bear the same name as those
in Thessaly. But some say that there was no city by the name of Pisa (for if there
had been, it would have been one of the eight cities), but only a spring, now
called Pisa, near Cicysium, the largest of the eight cities;
- Perseus: Strabo, Geography
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