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Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities


A town of Phthiotis in Thessaly, at the entrance to the Sinus Maliacus.

Greek & Roman Geography (ed. William Smith)


Antron (Hom. Strab.), Antrones (Dem.): Eth. Antronios. A town of Thessaly in the district Phthiotis, at the entrance of the Maliac gulf, and opposite Oreus in Euboea. It is mentioned in the Iliad (ii. 697) as one of the cities of Protesilaus, and also in the Homeric hymn to Demeter (489) as under the protection of that goddess. It was purchased by Philip of Macedon, and was taken by the Romans in their war with Perseus. (Dem. Phil. iv. p. 133, Reiske; Liv. xlii. 42, 67.) It probably owed its long existence to the composition of its rocks, which furnished some of the best millstones in Greece; hence the epithet of petreeis given to it in the hymn to Demeter. Off Antron was a sunken rock (herma nphalon) called the Onos Antronos, or mill-stone of Antron. (Strab. p. 435; Steph. B. s. v.; Hesych. s. v. Mnle; Eustath. in Il. l. c.; Leake, Northern Greece, vol. iv. p. 349.)

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