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In this place, the Keratea Cave and the monasteries of St. John and St. Skepi are located.


Paysanias calls it Potamous. In all probability its location is identified with the area around Daskalio bay 8,5 miles north to the coast of Lavrio.

Greek & Roman Geography (ed. William Smith)


EGILOS (Ancient demos) ANAVYSSOS
Aegilia (Aigilhia) or Aegilus (he Haigtlos, Theocr. i. 147: Eth. Aigilieus), a demus in Attica belonging to the tribe Antiochis, situated on the western coast between Lamptra and Sphettus. It was celebrated for its figs. (Aigilhides isChhades, Athe. ; Theocr.) It is placed by Leake at Tzurela, the site of a ruined village on the shore, at the foot of Mt. Elymbo. (Strab., Harpocrat., Steph. B. s. v.; Leake, Demi)

Potamus (Potamos or Potamoi), the name of two demi, as appears from an inscription quoted by Ross (p. 92), though apparently only one place. It lay on the east coast north of Thoricus, and was once a populous place: it was celebrated as containing the sepulchre of Ion. (Strab. ix. pp, 398, 399; Paus. i. 31. § 2, vii. i. § 2; Plin. iv. 7. s. 11; Suid.; Harpocr.) Its harbour was probably the modern Dhaskalio; and the demus itself is placed by Leake at the ruins named Paleokastro or Evreokastro, situated on a height surrounded by torrents two miles to the south-west of Dhaskalio, a little to the south of the village Dardheza. The port Dhaskalio was probably, as Leake observes, the one which received the Peloponnesian fleet in B.C. 411. (Thuc. viii. 95.)

This extract 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

Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities


KEFALI (Ancient demos) KERATEA
An Attic deme on the right bank of the Erasinus. It belonged to the tribe Acamantis.


(Potamoi) or Potamus (Potamos). An Attic deme belonging to the tribe Leontis. Here the tomb of Ion was shown.

Present location

KEFALI (Ancient demos) KERATEA
At the location Messochori. The cemetery of the deme was at the location Rounteri.

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites


  A deme belonging to the tribe Akamantis. Inscriptions found in Keratea, about 19.32 km N of Sounion, place the township in that area, most probably to the NW of the modern village, where Frazer reported ancient walls. A boundary stone and a dedication respectively indicate Sanctuaries of Hera and Asklepios. The Altar of Aphrodite mentioned by Isaios (2.31) presumably lay in the precinct marked by a boundary stone found between Keratea and the E coast of Attica at Kaki Thalassa. No trace has been reported of the Sanctuary of the Dioskouroi, although Pausanias (1.31.1) thought it the most important at Kephale.

M. H. Mc Allister, ed.
This text is from: The Princeton encyclopedia of classical sites, Princeton University Press 1976. Cited Nov 2002 from Perseus Project URL below, which contains bibliography & interesting hyperlinks.

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