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Summary

Cave of the Cithaeronian nymphs

Class:

  • Temple or sanctuary
  • visible
  • Location uncertain
(see also PELAGIOS)

Identifiers:

Nearby

Aigosthena

Ancient Greek fortified city

Plataea in Boeotia

PLATAEA

Megaris

Megaris

Battle of Plataea (479 BC)

Battle of Plataea (479 BCE): decisive battle in the Persian War in which the Greeks overcame the Persian invaders.

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Surroundings (Panoramio)

Annotation

About fifteen stades below the peak, on which they make the altar, is a cave of the Cithaeronian nymphs. It is named Sphragidium, and the story is that of old the nymphs gave oracles in this place1. In Sphragidium people were inspired by the nymphs named Sphragitides.

See:

  1. Pausanias. Pausanias Description of Greece with an English Translation by W.H.S. Jones, Litt.D., and H.A. Ormerod, M.A., in 4 Volumes. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1918.
  2. Rev. Thomas Harwood, Grecian Antiquities: Or, An Account of the Public and Private Life of the Greeks... Chiefly Designed to Explain Words in the Greek Classics, According to the Rites and Customs to which They Refer. To which is Added, a Chronology of Remarkable Events in the Grecian History, from the Foundation of the Kingdom of Argos Under Inachus, to the Death of Alexander, T. Cadell & W. Davies, London 1801, p. 188
  3. http://www.theoi.com/Nymphe/NymphaiSphragitides.html

References

  1. Pausanias, IX. 3.9