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Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities
(Pteleon). An ancient seaport town of Thessaly in the district Phthiotis, at the southwestern extremity of the Sinus Pagasaeus, was destroyed by the Romans.
- Perseus: Harry Thurston Peck, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities (1898)
Greek & Roman Geography (ed. William Smith)
Pteleon Eth. Pteleates, Pteleousios, Pteleeus. A town of Thessaly,
on the south-western side of Phthiotis, and near the entrance of the Sinus Pagasaeus.
It stood between Antron and Halos, and was distant from the latter 110 stadia,
according to Artemidorus. (Strab. ix. p. 433.) It is mentioned by Homer as governed
by Protesilaus, to whom the neighbouring town of Antron also belonged. (Il. ii.
697.) In B.C. 192, Antiochus landed at Pteleum in order to carry on the war against
the Romans in Greece (Liv. xxxv. 43). In B.C. 171, the town, having been deserted
by its inhabitants, was destroyed by the consul Licinius. (Liv. xlii. 67.) It
seems never to have recovered from this destruction, as Pliny speaks of Pteleum
only as a forest ( nemus Pteleon, Plin. iv. 8. s. 15). The form Pteleos is used
by Lucan (vi. 352) and Mela (ii. 3). Pteleum stood near the modern village of
Pteleo, or Ftelio, upon a peaked hill crowned by the remains of a town and castle
of the middle ages, called Old Ftelio. On its side is a large marsh, which, as
Leake observes, was probably in the more flourishing ages of Greece a rich and
productive meadow, and hence the epithet of lechepoien, which Homer has applied
to Pteleum. (Leake, Northern Greece, vol. i.)
This text is from: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854) (ed. William Smith, LLD). Cited June 2004 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks
- Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854) (ed. William Smith, LLD)
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