Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/30759
Title: The Location of Homeric Thryoessa
Contributor(s): Bourke, Graeme  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2020
Open Access: Yes
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/30759
Open Access Link: https://www.otago.ac.nz/classics/ascs-2020.html#conference-booklet-and-scheduleOpen Access Link
Abstract: In Nestor's narration (Iliad 11.670-761) of a conflict between the Pylians and Epeians, the Epeians march against a polis called Thryoessa, situated on the Alpheios River, at 'the extremity of sandy Pylos.' The Pylian forces then march northwards and defeat the Epeians, driving them deep into their own territory. Strabo (8.3.24, 29) locates Thryoessa at the site of Epitalion, just a few kilometres to the south of the Alpheios River and not far from its mouth. Bölte (1934, 327-8), however, on the basis of certain perceived topographical difficulties raised by the relevant Homeric passage, rejects this location, preferring to place Thryoessa at the site of the modern village of Strefi, some kilometres to the north of the Alpheios and a considerable distance inland. Although scholars have tended to concur, a closer scrutiny of Bölte's arguments, combined with a consideration of both archaeological evidence which has come to light since he wrote (Eder 2011, 106-11) and more recent approaches to understanding the Homeric text (Alden 2000, 1-47, 74-6, 88-101), reveals that we need to reassess his conclusions.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: The 41st Annual Meeting and Conference of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies (ASCS 41), 28th - 31st January, 2020
Source of Publication: Australasian Society for Classical Studies: 41st Annual Conference and Meeting, p. 20-20
Publisher: University of Otago
Place of Publication: New Zealand
Field of Research (FoR) 2008: 130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics, Business and Management)
210105 Archaeology of Europe, the Mediterranean and the Levant
210306 Classical Greek and Roman History
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified
950504 Understanding Europe's Past
970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
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