MELIVIA (Ancient city) THESSALIA
He was son of Poeas, skilful archer, who took part in the Trojan War and led the Thessalians from Methone, Thaumacia, Meliboea and Olizon with 7 ships against Troy (Il. 2.718, Od. 3.190 & 8.219).
Philoctetes. The son of Poeas, king of the Malians in Oeta, by Demonassa. He inherited the bow and arrows of Heracles. He was leader of seven ships in the expedition against Troy; but, on the way out, was bitten by a snake at Lemnos, or the small island of Chryse near Lemnos, and, on account of the intolerable stench caused by the wound, was abandoned at Lemnos on the advice of Odysseus. Here in his sickness he dragged out a miserable life till the tenth year of the war. Then, however, on account of Helenus's prophecy that Troy could only be conquered by the arrows of Heracles, Odysseus and Diomedes went to fetch him, and he was healed by Machaon. After he had slain Paris, Troy was conquered. He was one of the heroes who came safe home again. The story of Philoctetes was dramatized by Aeschylus and Euripides (B.C. 431), as well as by Sophocles (B.C. 409). It is also the theme of numerous monuments of ancient art.
This text is from: Harry Thurston Peck, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities. Cited Oct 2002 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks
Philoctetes: Perseus Project
Philoctetes: Various WebPages
Meliboea belonged to the territory of Philoctetes and was located near the Mt. Orthys. It is listed in the Homeric Catalogue of Ships (Il. 2.717).
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