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Greek & Roman Geography (ed. William Smith)


Chalcis. Also called Chalceia, and Hypohalcis (Chalkeia, Pol. v. 94; Hupochalkis, Strab. p. 451; Steph. B. s. v.) A town of Aetolia, situated upon the coast, at a short distance E. of the mouth of the Evenus, and at the foot of a mountain of the same name, whence it was called Hypochalcis. Chalcis is one of the 5 Aetolian towns spoken of by Homer,who gives it the epithet of anchialos, and it continued to be mentioned in the historical period. (Hom. Il. ii. 640; Thuc. ii. 83; Pol. v. 94; Strab. pp. 451,459 460.) There are two great mountains situated between the river Fidhari (the Evenus) and the castle of Rumili (Antirrhium), of which the western mountain, called Varassova, corresponds to Chalcis, and the eastern, called Kaki-skala, to Taphiassus. The town of Chalcis appears to have stood in the valley between the two mountains, probably at Ovrio-castro, where there are some remains of an Hellenic fortress. There was some confusion in the ancient writers respecting the position of mount Chalcis, and Artemidorus, who called it Chalcia, placed it between the Achelous and Pleuron (Strab. p. 460); but this is clearly an error.

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

Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities


A town in Aetolia, at the mouth of the Evenus, situated at the foot of the mountain Chalcis, and hence also called Hypochalcis.

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