Mountain of southwestern Peloponnese,
north of Messene.
This mountain served as a refuge to Helots in rebellion against Sparta
in 464. When, about a century later, Epaminondas, the Theban general, after his
victory over Sparta at Leuctra
(371) freed the Messenian Helots of Sparta's dominion, it is at the foot of Mount
Ithome that they built their capital city, Messene.
Bernard Suzanne (page last updated 1998), ed.
This text is cited July 2003 from the Plato and his dialogues URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks.