LIMNEA (Ancient city) AMFILOCHIA
Limnaia: Eth. Limnaios: Kervasara. A town in Acarnania at the SE. corner of the Ambraciot gulf, on the very frontier of Acarnania towards Argos. There has been a dispute about its site, but the ruins at Kervasara are probably the remains of Limnaea: some modern writers would place it more to the W., either at Lutraki, or at Ruga. Tie former supposition, however, appears to be the more correct, since we learn from Thucydides that Limnaea lay on the road from Ambracia and Argos Amphilochicum to Stratus, which could not have been the case if Limnaea lay to the W. of Kervasara. Philip III., king of Macedonia, disembarked at Limnaea, when about to invade Aetolia. There is a marsh near Kervasara, two miles in length, from which Limnaea appears to have derived its name (Thuc. ii. 80, iii. 105 ; Pol. v. 5).
This text is from: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854) (ed. William Smith, LLD). Cited June 2004 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks
(Aimnaia). A town in the north of Acarnania, near the Ambracian Gulf, on which it had a harbour.
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Small harbor town at the head of a deep bay in the SE corner of the
Gulf of Arta. Mentioned in the literature (Thuc. 2.80.8; Polyb. 5.5.12-6.5), it
owed its importance to its good harbor and its position astride the main road
from Stratos to Ambrakia (Arta). The Albanian adventurer Ali Pasha, in the early
19th c., repaired the ancient citadel and founded a new town within its walls.
Limnaia must have extended down to the sea; but modern building has erased all ancient remains near the harbor. About 50 m from the shore can be seen the first fragments of the E long wall, one of two linking the citadel to the harbor area. This wall ascends the NE nose of the citadel hill, which it then encircles on the E, S, and W. Where the ground begins to fall on the NW a cross wall returns E, completing the enclosure of the hilltop, while the W long wall angles down the steep slopes towards the modern road and the harbor. The whole system of fortifications seems to be Hellenistic.
There are extensive remains on the hilltop, but most of these belong to Ali Pasha's now deserted settlement.
F. E. Winter, 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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