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Ancient authors' reports

The springs of the rivers Alpheus and Eurotas

ASSEA (Ancient city) VALTETSI
Eurotas: River of Laconia, its sources, unites with Alpheus. Alpheus: River, sources and upper course, often vanishes under ground, tributaries, dearest of rivers to Zeus, ashes of victims kneaded with its water, wild olive first grew on its banks, women forbidden to cross it on certain days, loves Arethusa, flows through Adriatic to Ortygia, loves Artemis, images, altars, Leucippus keeps hair long for, Apollo at the, diverted by Herakles into the cattleyard of Augeas.

Greek & Roman Geography (ed. William Smith)


  he Asea: Aseates, a town of Arcadia in the district Maenalia, situated near the frontier of Laconia, on the road from Megalopolis to Pallantium and Tegea. Asea took part in the foundation of Megalopolis, to which city most of its inhabitants removed (Paus. viii. 27. § 3, where for Iasaia we ought to read Asaia or Asea); but Asea continued to exist as an independent state, since the Aseatae are mentioned, along with the Megalopolitae, Tegeatae, and Pallantieis, as joining Epaminondas before the battle of Mantineia, B.C. 362. (Xen. Hell. vi. 5. 5) At a later time, however, Asea belonged to Megalopolis, as we see from the descriptions of Strabo and Pausanias. The city was in ruins in the time of Pausanias, who mentions its acropolis. In its territory, and at the distance of 5 stadia from the the city, on the road to Pallantium, were the sources of the Alpheius, and near them those of the Eurotas. The two rivers united their streams, and, after flowing in one channel for 20 stadia, disappeared beneath the earth; the Alpheius rising again at Pegae, and the Eurotas at Belemina in Laconia. North of Asea, on the road to Pallantium, and on the summit of Mt. Boreium (Kravari), was a temple of Athena Soteira and Poseidon, said to have been founded by Odysseus on his return from Troy, and of which the ruins were discovered by Leake and Ross. The remains of Asea are to be seen on the height which rises above the copious spring of water called Frangovrysi, Frank-spring, the sources of the Alpheius. (Strab. pp. 275, 343; Paus. viii. 3. § 4, viii. 44. § 3, viii. 54. § 2; Steph. B. s. v.)

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

Individuals' pages


  Situated in Arcadia, almost in the middle of Peloponese, 20 km (13 miles)from both cities of Tripoli and Megalopoli and 190 km (120 miles) from Athens, Asea has become one of the most well positioned and attractive places in Greece. A village with few permanent inhabitants but with great prospects because it becomes the municipal center of the region. Asea attracts many visitors because of its natural beauty, during the weekends and the summer, so it's a place worth visiting.
  Short History
  The name comes from Aseatis, son of the Spartan king Lykaon. The ancient city of Asea, whose ruins can be seen until today, stands with its Acropolis near Kato Asea. Its cultural presence starts since 6000 BC and becomes more intensive during the following years. Many cultural treasures of that period can be seen at Tripoli, Nafplio and Athens Archeological museums.The two marvellous doric temples, of Poseidon (Neptune) and Athena (Minerva) show a prosperous city. The habitants of Asea took place in the historical battles of Plataies (479 BC) and Mantinia (362 BC). Coins of the city were cut at 196 BC. Asea took part in the foundation of the city of Megalopoli.Much later, under the turkish occupation the village had the name "Kandreva" and took back its ancient name at the 1920's. It's the village of Nikos Gatsos, one of the most well known contemporary greek poets.
  In Asea you can stop for coffee in the following traditional cafes: "Elvetia" and "O Barba Semis" In Kato Asea you can have lunch or dinner in "Mantinia" restaurant, for a cup of coffee or food in "Platanos" and at "B.Gatsos" cafe.

Local government WebPages

Perseus Project

Asea, Asean

ASSEA (Ancient city) VALTETSI

Present location

Old castle of Fragos

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites


  The site is on a steep hill overlooking a valley between Tripolis and Megalopolis. Remains of a circuit wall around the top of the hill and of two spur walls which surround a lower town at E are dated to mid 3d c. B.C. Some houses belong to the Hellenistic period. One of them is of the Priene type, previously known only outside of Greece. The Hellenistic site seems to have existed into the 1st c. B.C. Ancient sources mention an Asea also during the Classical period, but this town must have lain somewhere else in the valley. Immediately below the Hellenistic stratum on the hill are the remains of a Middle Helladic settlement, which ceased at a time corresponding to the transition between MH II and MH III.

E. J. Holmerg, ed.
This text is from: The Princeton encyclopedia of classical sites, Princeton University Press 1976. Cited Nov 2002 from Perseus Project URL below, which contains 1 image(s), bibliography & interesting hyperlinks.

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