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Megali Prespa


Mikri Prespa

The surface of the lake in the Greek territory is 43,5 square kilometres. The lake is iced over during winter time.

Greek & Roman Geography (ed. William Smith)

Heracleia Lyncestis

  The chief town of the province of Upper Macedonia, called Lyncestis, at a distance of 46 M. P. from Lychnidus and 64 M. P. from Edessa. According to the proportional distances, Heracleia stood not far from the modern town of Filurina, at about 10 geog. miles direct to the S. of Bitolia, nearly in the centre of the Egnatian Way. Calvinus narrowly escaped being intercepted by, the Pompeians on his rear, after having fallen back upon Heracleia, which Caesar (B.C. iii. 79) rightly places at the foot of the Candavian mountains, though his transcribers have interpolated the passage, and confounded it with the Heracleia Sintica of Thracian Macedonia. The writer of a geographical fragment has identified this city with Pelagonia, but incorrectly.

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


LYGISTIS (Ancient area) GREECE
  Lyncestis (Lunkestis, Strab. vii. p. 326; Ptol, iii. 13. § 33), the country of the Lyncestae (Lunkestia Thuc. ii. 99, iv. 83, 124; Strab. vii. pp. 323, 326), once a small independent kingdom, and afterwards a province of the Macedonian monarchy. This district was situated to the S of the Pelagones, and between that people, and the Eordaei. It was watered by the Erigon, and lay in the centre of the Egnatian Way, which connected Rome, Constantinople, and Jerusalem. The pass which separated Lyncestis from Eordaea, where Philip made his unsuccessful stand against the Romans, is described by Polybius (xviii. 6) as hai heis ten Eordaian huperbolai,-and Thucydides (iv. 83) calls a defile in the same mountains he esbole tes Lunkou, in relating the attempt of Perdiccas against Lyncestis, which ended in a separate negotiation between his ally Brasidas and Arrhibaeus king of the Lyncestae. (Thuc. iv. 83.) It was by the same pass in the following year that Brasidas effected his skilful and daring retreat from the united forces of the Lyncestae and Illyrians. (Thuc. iv. 124.)
  According to Strabo (vii. p. 326), Irrha, the daughter of Arrhabaeus (as he writes the name), was mother of Eurydice, who married Amyntas, father of Philip. Through this connection Lyncestis may have become annexed to Macedonia. The geography of this district is well illustrated by the operations of the consul Sulpicius against Philip, in the campaign of B.C. 200. (Liv. xxxi. 33.) From the narrative of Livy, which was undoubtedly extracted from Polybius, as well as from the Itineraries, it would appear that Lyncestis comprehended that part of Upper Macedonia now called Filurina, and all the S. part of the basin of the Erigon with its branches, the Bevus and Osphagus. As it is stated that the first encampment of the Romans was at Lyncus on the river Bevus, and as Lyncus is described as a town by Stephanus B. (though his description is evidently incorrect), it might be supposed that Heracleia the chief town of this district, was sometimes called Lyncus, and that the camp of Sulpicius, was at Heracleia itself. But though the words ad Lyncum stativa posuit prope flumen Bevum (Liv. l. c.) seem to point to this identification, yet it is more likely that Lyncus is here used as synonymous with Lyncestis, as in two other passages of Livy (xxvi. 25, xxxii. 9), and in Thucydides (iv. 83, 124) and Plutarch. (Flamin. 4.)
  At or near Banitza are the mineral acidulous waters of Lyncestis, which were supposed by the ancients to possess intoxicating qualities. (Ov. Met. xv. 329; comp. Arist. Meteor. ii. 3; Theopomp. ap. Plin. ii. 103, xxxi. 2, ap. Antig. Caryst. 180, ap. Sotion. de Flum. p. 125; Vitruv. viii. 3; Sen. Quaest. Nat. iii. 20.) They were found by Dr. Brown (Travels in Hungaria, Macedonia, Thessaly, &c. &c., Lond. 1673, p. 45) on the road from Filurina to Egri Budja. He calls the place Eccisso Verbeni; this, which sounds Wallachian, may possibly be a corruption of the name of the Derveni or pass. (Leake, Northern Greece, vol. iii. pp. 305-318.)

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

Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities


Lyncestis, a town of Macedonia, at the foot of the Candavian Mountains, on the confines of Illyria. Its ruins still retain the name of Erekli. Mention is made of this town in Caesar.


LYGISTIS (Ancient area) GREECE
   A district in the southwest of Macedonia, upon the frontiers of Illyria, inhabited by the Lyncestae, an Illyrian people. The ancient capital of the country was Lyncus, though Heraclea at a later time became the chief town in the district. Near Lyncus was a river, whose waters are said to have been as intoxicating as wine.

This text is cited Oct 2002 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks

Individuals' pages


Society for the Protection of Prespa


Local government Web-Sites

Municipality of Amydeon

AMYDEO (Municipality) FLORINA

Prefecture of Florina


Municipality of Florina

FLORINA (Municipality) GREECE

Municipality of Prespes

PRESPES (Municipality) FLORINA



PRESPES (Municipality) FLORINA

Ministry of Culture WebPages

Prefecture of Florina

In the following WebPages you can find an interactive map with all the monuments and museums of the Prefecture, with relevant information and photos.

Present location

On the Agios Panteleemon hill

Archaeololgical excavations took place in 1997.

Florina plateau

LYGISTIS (Ancient area) GREECE

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites

Begorra (Farangi)

VEGORRA (Ancient city) FLORINA
  A site in the vicinity of Farangi. There is no ancient reference to a Begora or Begorra, but the name has long been accepted as a necessary basis for the name Begorritis lacus, by which Livy (42.53.5) identifies Lake Ostrovo. The true form of the name appears to be Bokeria as it is found on a milestone of ca. the 3d c. B.C. This milestone points to a site near Kelemis (mod. Farangi) along the E shore of the lake, where black-glazed pottery was found in 1959-60.
  Begorra/Bokeria was apparently a station on the Macedonian royal road through Eordaia, the road which later became the Via Egnatia. The town lost all importance during the Roman period, and was replaced by a station at Cellae, near Novigrad (officially Vegorra). This latter site was for a long time flooded by Lake Ostrovo, but has recently reappeared. It has been the subject of some informal investigations.
  Excavations in the summer of 1960 revealed a small apsidal structure, along with some suggestions of rectangular buildings. One inscription, a 2d c. A.D. funereal monument, probably reused, had been found. Two pieces of sculpture, a headless male figure and the head of a youth (size not reported) were taken to the museum at Florina, along with figurines and architectural fragments. Coins were found ranging in date from Augustus to Valens, with a particular concentration around the time of Constantine.
  The finds suggest that special attention was paid to the Via Egnatia in the period of the 2d tetrarchy, and support the argument that the Via Egnatia passed S through the Kirli Derbend pass and around the S of Lake Ostrovo. Gradiste, a site just N of Katranitsa (mod. Pyrgoi), along the E side of the lake, probably marks another station on the Via Egnatia.

P. Mackay, 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 bibliography & interesting hyperlinks.

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