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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.)

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

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