Pimpleia

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Orpheus's life

Pimpleia (Ancient Greek: Πιμπλεία) was a city in Pieria in Ancient Greece, located near Dion and Mount Olympus.[1] Pimpleia is described as a "κώμη" ("quarter, suburb") of Dion by Strabo.[2] The location of Pimpleia is possibly to be identified with the modern village of Agia Paraskevi near Litochoron.[3]

It was renowned as the birthplace and early abode of Orpheus.[4][5][6] Many springs and memorials dedicated to Orpheus and Orphic cults.[7] Cults of the Muses were also celebrated,[8] under the epithet Pimpleids (Πιμπληίδες).[9]

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  1. ^ The Greeks and Greek Civilization by Jacob Burckhardt, Oswyn Murray, and Sheila Stern, 1999, ISBN 0-312-24447-9, page 137, "... epic, or Pieria, and once lived in the village of Pimpleia, near Dion. Then the northwestern corner of Asia Minor, with ..."
  2. ^ Strabo, Geography VII.7
  3. ^ An Inventory of Archaic and Classical Poleis: An Investigation Conducted by The Copenhagen Polis Centre for the Danish National Research Foundation by Mogens Herman Hansen, 2005, page 797
  4. ^ Orpheus and Greek Religion (Mythos Books) by William Keith Guthrie and L. Alderlink, 1993, ISBN 0-691-02499-5, page 62
  5. ^ Orpheus and Greek Religion (Mythos Books) by William Keith Guthrie and L. Alderlink, 1993, ISBN 0-691-02499-5, page 61, "... is a city Dion. Near it is a village called Pimpleia.It was there they say that Orpheus the Kikonian lived ..."
  6. ^ Prolegomena to the Study of Greek Religion (Mythos Books) by Jane Ellen Harrison, 1991, ISBN 0-691-01514-7, page 469, "... and `near the city of Dium is a village called Pimpleia where Orpheus lived.... ..."
  7. ^ Greek Nymphs: Myth, Cult, Lore by Jennifer Larson,2001,ISBN 0-19-514465-1,page 169
  8. ^ Greek Nymphs: Myth, Cult, Lore by Jennifer Larson, 2001, ISBN 0-19-514465-1, page 169: "... had cults of the Muses at several sites in Pieria: Pimpleia, Olympos, Leibethra, and perhaps Thourion. Leibethra and Pimpleia were also ..."
  9. ^ Argonautica. Apollonius Rhodius. George W. Mooney. London. Longmans, Green. 1912. Πιμπληίδος: Pimpleia in Pieria, a mountain (in later times a fountain) sacred to the Muses, who were hence called Πιμπληίδες, cf. Hor. C. 1. 26. 9, “Pimplei dulcis.”

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