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Epirus in antiquity

Phara (Ancient Greek: Φαρά) was a Greek city in ancient Acarnania.[1]

The only ancient source that mentions it is the Periplus of Pseudo-Scylax, 34, which lists the πὸλις (polis) Φαρά between Leukada and Ithaca. Some scholars place it in Leukada and identify the settlement with the current Pyrgi.[1] Others note that Pseudo-Scylax orders Phara after Leukada and if he had wanted to classify it as a Leukadian polis, he would have said the island had two poleis. Thus, Phara could be one of the small islands between Leukada and Ithaca or be located on the coast of Acarnania in the perea of Leukada. If this interpretation of the text of the Periplus of Pseudo-Scylax is accepted, it would have to be classified as an unlocated polis of Acarnania.


  1. ^ a b 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 370

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Coordinates: 38°38′19″N 20°36′21″E / 38.638652°N 20.605863°E / 38.638652; 20.605863