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Potniae, Potniai

A small town in Boeotia, on the Asopus. The adjective Potniades is an epithet frequently given to the mares which tore to death Glaucus of Potniae.

Greek & Roman Geography (ed. William Smith)


  Potniai Eth. Potnieus, fem. Potnias. a village of Boeotia, on the road from Thebes to Plataea, distant 10 stadia from the former city. It was in ruins in the time of Pausanias, and contained a grove sacred to Demeter and Cora (Proserpine). Potniae is celebrated in mythology as the residence of Glaucus, who was torn to pieces by his infuriated mares. According to Strabo some authorities regarded Potniae as the Hypothebae of Homer (Il. ii. 505). Gell places Potniae in the neighbourhood of the modern village of Taki.

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