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Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities

Spercheus

   (Spercheios). Now Elladha; a river in the south of Thessaly, which rises in Mount Tymphrestus, runs in an easterly direction through the territory of the Aenianes and through the district Malis, and falls into the innermost corner of the Sinus Maliacus. As a river-god, Spercheus is a son of Oceanus and Gaea, and the father of Menesthius by Polydora, the daughter of Peleus.

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Greek & Roman Geography (ed. William Smith)

Spercheius

  Spercheius (Spercheios: Elladha), a river in the S. of Thessaly, rising in Mount Tymphrestus (Strab. ix. p. 433), and flowing into the Maliac gulf. The Dryopes and Aenianes dwelt in the upper part of its course till it entered the plain of Malis, through which it flowed to the sea. In ancient times it joined the sea at Anticyra; and the rivers Dyras, Melas, and Asopus fell separately into the sea to the S. of the Spercheius. (Herod. vii. 198.) But the Spercheius has changed its course, and now falls into the sea much further south, about a mile from Thermopylae. The Dyras and Melas now unite their streams, and fall into the Spercheius, as does also the Asopus. Spercheius is celebrated in mythology as a river-god, and is mentioned in connection with Achilles. (Hom. Il. xvii. 142.) Its name also frequently occurs in the other poets. (Aesch. Pers. 486; Sophocl. Phil. 722; Virg. Georg. ii. 485; Lucan vi.366.) (Leake, Northern Greece, vol. ii. pp. 8, 11, 15.)

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