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BOOK VIII.?ARCADIA. CHAPTER I. TTHE parts of Arcadia near Argolis
are inhabited by the J- people of Tegea and Mantinea. They and the
other Arcadians are the inland division of the Peloponnese. For the
Corinthians come first at the Isthmus: and next them by the sea are
the Epidaurinns: and by Epidaurus and Trcezen and Hermion is the
Gulf of Argolis, and the maritime parts of Argolis: and next are
the states of the Lacedaemonians, and next comes Messenia, which
touches the sea at Mothone and Pylos and near Cyparissira. At
Lechaeum the Sicyonians border upon the Corinthians, being next to
Argolis on that side: and next to Sicyon are the Achaeans on the
sea-shore, and the other part of the Peloponnese opposite the
Echinadcs is occupied by Elis. And the borders between Elis and
Messenia are by Olympia and the month of the Alpheus, and between
Elis and Achaia the neighbourhood of Dyme. These states that I have
mentioned border on the sea, but the Arcadians live in the interior
and are shot off from the sea entirely: from which circumstance
Homer describes them aa having come to Troy not in their own ships
but in transports provided by Agamemnon.1 The Arcadians say that
Pelasgus was the first settler in their land. It is probable that
others also came with Pelasgus and that he did not come alone. For
in that case what subjects would be have had ? I think moreover
that Pelasgns was eminent for strength and beauty and judgment
beyond others, and that was why he was appointed king over them.
This is the description of him by Agios. " Dirint Pelatgus on thu
tree-clad hills Jtlacik earth brought Ibrih, to be of mortal '
Iliad, ii. Glil. And Pelasgus when he became king contrived huts
that men should be free from cold and rain, and not be exposed to
the fierce son, and al...
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