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Headword: Αἴπεια
Adler number: alphaiota,268
Translated headword: Aipeia
Vetting Status: high
Name of a city.
Greek Original:
Αἴπεια: ὄνομα πόλεως.
Stephanus of Byzantium s.v. registers three poleis of this name, in 'Lakonike', Cyprus and Crete. The first of them is most likely to have generated this Suda entry and its counterparts (Hesychius alpha2045; Ambrosian Lexicon 320, according to Adler; and Etymologicum Magnum 37.38), given its mention in Homer: at Iliad 9.152 (again 294) it is one of the seven named ptoliethra given by Agamemenon to appease Achilles.
That they are all described as being 'near sandy Pylos' places them not in Argos [Myth, Place] (Hesychius) or Laconia (Steph.Byz.) but Messenia, in the SW Peloponnese. As to Aipeia itself, specifically, Strabo 8.4.5 noted identifications of it with Thouria or Methone/Mothone (mu 1189), while in Pausanias 4.34.5 it is Korone.
See Graham Shipley, 'Messenia' in Hansen & Nielsen 540-568, at 552 and (twice) 555.
M.H. Hansen & T.H. Nielsen (eds.), An Inventory of Archaic and Classical Poleis (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004)
Keywords: definition; epic; geography
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 2 February 2003@01:22:00.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note) on 2 February 2003@03:37:30.
David Whitehead on 29 July 2011@05:27:49.
David Whitehead (expanded note; another keyword) on 16 May 2012@04:47:10.
David Whitehead (expanded note; another keyword) on 29 November 2015@10:29:04.


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