Elateia (Epirus)

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Coordinates: 39°09′48″N 20°42′56″E / 39.1632°N 20.7155°E / 39.1632; 20.7155

Epirus in antiquity

Elateia or Elatia (Greek: Ἐλάτεια)[1], also Elatreia or Elatria (Ἐλατρία),[2] was a town of the Cassopaei in Thesprotia, in ancient Epirus, mentioned by Strabo, along with Batiae and Pandosia. It is said to have been a colony of Elis (in the Peloponnese, Greece).[2][3]

Its location is believed to be at the foot of Mount Zalongo, north of the modern village of Paliorophoro. This site was settled from prehistoric times. Archaeologists suggest that the settlement was fortified with a polygonal wall of 1,690 metres (5,540 feet) in circumference, which enclosed an area corresponding to a population of about 3,800.[4]


  1. ^ Stephanus of Byzantium. Ethnica. s.v.
  2. ^ a b Strabo. Geographica. viii. p. 324. Page numbers refer to those of Isaac Casaubon's edition.
  3. ^ see also Livy. Ab Urbe Condita Libri (History of Rome). 34.25.
  4. ^ Mogens Herman Hansen & Thomas Heine Nielsen (2004). An inventory of archaic and classical poleis. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 344. ISBN 0-19-814099-1.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "Elateia". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray.

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