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Greek & Roman Geography (ed. William Smith)


Glyppia or Glumpia (Gluppia, Paus. iii. 22. ยง 8), a village of Laconia, situated near the frontiers of Argolis. Glyppia is the name in Pausanias, who simply describes it as situated in the interior above Marius. It appears to be the same place as the fortress called Glumpeis by Polybius, who places it near the borders of the Argeia and Laconia, and who relates that the Messenians were defeated here in B.C. 218 by the Spartans, when they; were endeavouring, by a round--about march from Tegea, to penetrate into the southern valley of the Eurotas. (Polyb. v. 20.) It is also mentioned on another occasion by Polybius (iv. 36). The ancient town is probably represented by the Hellenic remains at Lympiada, which is probably a corruption of the ancient name. The district south of Lympiada is called Olympo-khoria, which name would seem to indicate that, one of the mountains in the neighbourhood bore the name of Olympus in ancient times. Leake indeed conjectures that Glumpia was the ancient local form of Olumpia, and consequently that Lympiada and Olympo-khoria may both originate in the same ancient name Olympia having the local form of Glympia.

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