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Greek & Roman Geography (ed. William Smith)
Oetaea (Oitaia inhabited by the Oetaei (Oitaioi), was the mountainous
district around Mt. Oeta in the upper valley of the Spercheius, and to the E.
of Dolopia. The Oetaeans appear to have been the collective name of the various
predatory tribes, dwelling upon the northern declivities of Mt. Oeta, who are
mentioned as plundering both the Malians on the east, and the Dorians on the south
(Thuc. iii. 92-97, viii. 3.) The most important of these tribes were the Aenianes
(Ainianes), called Enienes (Enienes) by Homer (Il. ii. 749) and Herodotus (vii.
132), an ancient Hellenic Amphictyonic race. (Paus. x. 8. § 2; Harpocrat. s. v.
Amphiktuones.) They are said to have first occupied the Dotian plain in Pelasgiotis;
afterwards to have wandered to the borders of Epeirus, and finally to have settled
in the upper valley of the Spercheius, where Hypata was their chief town. (Plut.
Quaest. Gr. 13. p. 294; Strab. i. p. 61, ix. p. 442.) Besides Hypata, which was
the only place of importance in Oetaea, we find mention of Sperchiae and Macra
Come by Livy (xxxii. 13), and of Sosthenis (Sosthenis), Homilae (Homilai), Cypaera
(Kupmira) and Phalachthia (Phalachthia) by Ptolemy (iii. 13. § 45.)
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