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Megali Rachi is separated from the Mt. Tsamanta to the N by the Xanthos river, which flows to the W in Albania.

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Greek & Roman Geography (ed. William Smith)


  Eth. Phanoteus, (Pol.). A strongly fortified town of Chaonia in Epirus, and a place of military importance. It stood on the site of the modern Gardhiki, which is situated in the midst of a valley surrounded by an amphitheatre of mountains, through which there are only two narrow passes. It lies about halfway between the sea and the Antigonean passes, and was therefore of importance to the Romans when they were advancing from Illyria in B.C. 169.

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


A town of Epirus, described by Livy as being near Corcyra, and about 10 miles from the coast. (Liv. xlii. 38.) It is not mentioned by any other ancient writer, and it has therefore been conjectured that the word is a corrupt form of Chyton, which Ephorus spoke of as a place in Epirus colonised by the Clazomenii.

Local government Web-Sites

Municipality of Filiata


Local government WebPages

Municipality of Filiates

The largest in size Municipality of the Prefecture of Thesprotia, takes up 1/3 of its total size, covering almost all of it - with the exception of the section of the Municipality of Sagiada - the homonymous province, between the river Kalamas and the Greek-Albanian borders. It covers an area of 490.430.000 m2 and has a population of 9.758 residents.. Indications for the first presence of man in the region, are the stone tools of the end of the Paleolithic period from the cave west of G(T)itani and earthen pots of the Earlier Neolithic period from the cave of Sideris. Potsherds, which may date back to the Copper Era, were found on the NW side of the hill, where the city of Filiates is situated. During the Historic times at the southern part of the region, the N.Kastrini, lived the Kestrinians, in the middle -with Fanoti (Doliani) being the center- lived the Fanotians and on the north, at the borders with Molossia, lived the tribe of the Onopernoi Thesprotoi, a total of about 20.000/25.000 residents.


Beginning from the village Vavouri, on the steep mountainsides of Mourgana, one can get there after an uphill rout to the highest peak of the mountain at 1.806m.
The view towards Thesprotia is fantastic. Towards Albania, one can clearly see the mansions of the village Sotira below a beautiful forest of fir-trees. In the general area of Mourgana, one can visit the famous monastery of Kamitsiani, which survives in a very good condition, and the folklore museum of Tsamanta with hundreds of every-day-life objects of the past, sets of clothes and an extensive photograph archive.
At the village Lia, an organized guest-house operates.

This text is cited July 2003 from the Thesprotia Prefecture Tourism Promotional Committee URL below, which contains images.

Present location

Doliani castle

The ancient city is presumed to be at this site (Doliani). The castle stands on a hill that acted as a natural fortification, beside the Kalamas River and between the villages of Agios Georgios and Geroplatanos.

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites

Phanote (Raveni)

  A site mentioned by Livy (45.26.37) on the Kalamas river in Epeiros. A steep hill in the fork between the Kalamas and a tributary is defended by a circuit wall ca. 800 m long, containing gateways and towers. It controls the narrows between the lower and upper reaches of the Kalamas.

N.G.L. Hammond, 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.

Gitana (Goumani)

  A meeting place of the Epirote League (Livy 42.38.1). A spur near Philiates between the Kalamas river and a N tributary is fortified with a circuit wall ca. 3000 m long, and the acropolis has a fine semicircular tower. A small theater, towers, and gateways are visible. The Kalamas may have been navigable to this point.

N.G.L. Hammond, 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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