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Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities

Asopus

A river of Boeotia rising in Mt. Cithaeron and flowing into the Euripus. On its banks the battle of Plataea was fought.


Greek & Roman Geography (ed. William Smith)

Asopus

  Asopus (Asopos). A river of Boeotia, flowing through the southern part of this country, in an easterly direction, and falling into the Euripus in the territory of Attica, near Oropus. It is formed by the confluence of several small streams, one rising near Thespiae, and the others in Mount Cithaeron. Its principal sources are at a spot just under the village of Kriakuki, where are two trees, a well, and several, springs. In the upper part of its course it forms the boundary between the territories of Thebes and Plataeae, flowing through a plain called Parasopia. (Strab. ix. p. 409.) It then forces its way through a rocky ravine of no great length into the plain of Tanagra, after flowing through which it again traverses a rocky defile, and enters the maritime plain of Oropus. In the upper part of its course the river is now called Vuriemi, in the lower Vuriendi. Homer describes it as deep grown with rushes, and grassy (bathuchoinon, lechepoien, Il. iv. 383). It is frequently dry in summer, but after heavy rains was not easy to ford. (Thuc. ii. 5.) It was on the banks of the Asopus that the memorable battle of Plataeae was fought, B.C. 479. (Herod. vi. 108, ix. 51; Strab. ix. p. 408, seq.; Paus. v. 14. ยง 3 ; Ov. Am. iii. 6 33 ; Leake, Northern Greece, vol. ii. pp. 326, 424, 442, 448.)

This text is from: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854) (ed. William Smith, LLD). Cited July 2004 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks


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