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under the name of Peiras, as we loam from Strabo. It is described by Leake as wide and deep in the latter end of February, although no rain had fallen for some weeks. Into the Peirus flowed tbe Teutheas (TtvBtca), which in its turn received the Caucon. The Peirus flowed past Pliarae, where it was called Pie'rus(ni'«(xw), but the inhabitants of the coast called it by the former name. (Strab. p. 342; Herod, i. 145; Paus. vii. 18. § 1, 22. § 1; Leake, vol. ii. p. 155.) Strabo in another passage calls it Melas (MeAos), but tlie reading is probably corrupt. Dionysius Periegetes mentions the Melas along with the Crathis among the rivers flowing from Mt. Erymanthus. (Strab. p. 386; Dionys. 416.) 15. Lakisus (Ad/utros: Malta), forming the boundary between Achaia and Elis, rising in Mt. Scollis, and falling into the sea 30 stadia from Dyine. (Paus. vii. 17. § 5; Strab. p. 387; Lif. xxvii.31.)

Tho original inhabitants of Achaia are said to have been Pelasgians, and were called Aegiak'is (AryiaAeTs), or the "Coast-Men," from Acgiatus, the ancient name of the country, though some writers sought a mythical origin for the name, and derived it from Aegialcus, king of Sicyonia. (Herod, vii. 94; Paus. vii. 1.) The Ionians subsequently settled in the country. According to the mythical account, Ion, the son of Xuthus, crossed over from Attica at the head of an army, but concluded an alliance with Sclinus, the king of the country, married his daughterHelice,and succeeded him on the throne. From this time the land was called Ionia, and the inhabitants Ionians or Aegialian Ionians. The Ionians remained in possession of the country till the invasion of Peloponnesus by the Dorians, when the Achacans, who had been driven out of Argos and Lacedaemon by the invaders, marched against the Ionians in order to obtain new homes for themselves in the country of the latter Under tho command of their king Tisamenus, the son of Orestes, they defeated the Ionians in battle. The latter shut themselves np in Helice, where they sustained a siege for a time, but they finally quitted the country and sought refuge in Attica. The Achaeans thus became masters of the country, which was henceforth called after them Achaia. (Herod, i. 145; Pol. ii. 41; Paus. vii. 1; Strab. p. 383.) This is the common legend, but it should be observed that Homer takes no notice of Ionians on the northern coast of Peloponnesus; but on the contrary, the catalogue in the Iliad distinctly includes this territory under the dominions of Agamemnon. Hence there seems reason for questioning the occupation of northern Peloponnesus by tho Ionians and their expulsion from it by Tisamenus; and it is more probable that the historical Achaeans in the north part of Peloponnesus are a small undisturbed remnant of the Achaean population once distributed through the whole peninsula. (Grote, History of Greece, vol. ii. p. 17.)

The Ionians are said to have dwelt in villages, and tho cities in the country to have been first built by the Achaeans. Several of these villages were united to form a town ; thus Patrae was formed by an union of seven villages, Dyme of eight, and Aegium also of seven or eight. The Achaeans possessed twelve cities, the territory of each of which was divided into seven or eight demi. (Strab. p. 386.) This number of 12 is said to have liccn borrowed from the Ionians, who were divided into 12 parts (jifpta), when they occupied the country, and who accordingly refused to allow of more than twclvo cities in their league. Although there are

good reasons for believing that there were more than twelve independent cities in Achaia (Grote, IJUt. of Greece, vol. ii. p. 614), yet the ancient writers always recognize only 12, and this seems to have been regarded as the established number of the confederation. These cities continued to be governed by the descendants of Tisamenus down to Ogygus, after whose death they abolished the kingly rule and established a democracy. Each of the cities formed a separate republic, but were united together by periodical sacrifices and festivals, where they arranged their disputes and settled their common concerns. In the time of Herodotus (i. 145) the twelve cities were Pellene, Aegeira, Aegae, Bura, Helice, Aegium, Rhypes, Patrcis (ae), Phareis (ae), Olenus, Dyme, Tritaeeis (Tritaea). This list is copied by Strabo (pp. 335, 386) ; but it appears from the list in Polybius (ii. 41), that Leontinm and Ccryneia were afterwards substituted in the place of Iihypcs and Aegae, which had fallen into decay. Pausanias (vii. 6. § 1) retains both Khypes and Aegae, and substitutes Ceryneia for Patrae; but his authority is of no value in opposition to Polybius. The bond of union between these cities was very loose, and their connection was of a religious rather than of a political nature. Thus we find them sometimes acting quite independently of one another. Pellene alone joined tho Lacedaemonians at the commencement of the Peloponncsian war, while tho rest remained nentral; and at a later period of the war Patrae alone espoused the Athenian cause. (Thuc. ii. 9, v. 52.) Their original place of meeting was at Helice, where they offered a common sacrifice to Poseidon, the tutelary god of the place; but after this city had been swallowed up by the sea in B.C. 373 [helice], they transferred their meetings to Aegium, where they sacrificed to Zeus Homngyrius, or Homarius, and to the Panachacan Demeter. (Paus. vii. 24; Pol. v. 94.)

The Achaeans are rarely mentioned during tho flourishing period of Grecian history. Being equally unconnected with the great Ionian and Doric races, they kept aloof for the most part from the struggles between the Greek states, and appear to have enjoyed a state of almost uninterrupted prosperity down to the time of Philip. They did not assist the other Greeks in repelling the Persians. In B. c. 454 they formed an alliance with the Athenians, but the latter were obliged to surrender Achaia in the truce for thirty years, winch they concluded with Sparta and her allies in B.C. 445. (Thuc. i. Ill, 115.) In the course of the Peloponnesian war they joined the Lacedaemonians, though probably very reluctantly. (Thuc. ii. 9.) They retained, however, a high character among the other Greeks, and were esteemed on account of their sincerity and good faith. So highly were they valued, that at an early ago somo of the powerful Greek colonies in Italy applied for their mediation and adopted their institutions, and at a later time they were chosen by the Spartans and Thebans as arbiters after the battle of Leuctra. (Pol. ii. 39.) The first great blow which the Achaeans experienced was at the battle of Cliacroneia (b. C. 338), when they fought with the Athenians and Boeotians against Philip and lost some of their bravest citizens. Eight years afterwards (b. C. 330) all the Achaean towns, with the exception of Pellene, joined the Spartans in the cause of Grecian freedom, and shared in the disastrous defeat at Mantincia, in which Apiis fell. This severe blow left them so prostrate that they were unable to render any assistance to the confederate Greeks in the Lamian war after the death of Alexander. (Paus. vii. 6.) But their independent spirit had awakened the jealousy of the Macedonian rulers, and Demetrius, Cassander, and Antigonus Gonatas placed garrisons in their cities, or held possession of them by means of tyrants. Such a state of things at length became insupportable, and the commotions iu Macedonia, which followed the deuth of Lysimachus (b. C. 281), affurded them a favourable opportunity for throwing off the yoke of their oppressors; and the Gaulish invasion which shortly followed effectually prevented the Macedonians from interfering in the affairs of the Peloponnesus. Patrae and Dyme were the first two cities which expelled the Macedonians. Their example was speedily followed by Tritaea and Pharue ; and these four towns now resolved to renew the ancient League. The date of this event was n. c. 280. Kivo years afterwards (b. C. 275) they were joined by Aegium and Bura, and the accession of the former city was the more important, as it had been the regular place of meeting of the earlier League after the destruction of Helice, as lias been already related. The main principles of tho constitution of the newLeaguewere nowfixed,and a column was erected inscribed with the names of the confederate towns. Almost immediately afterwards C'cryneia was added to the League. There were now only three remaining cities of the ancient League, which had not joined tho new confederation, namely, Leontium, Aegeira, and Pellene; for Helice had been swallowed up by the sea, and Olenus was soon afterwards abandoned by its inhabitants. The three cities mentioned above soon afterwards united themselves to the League, which thus consisted of ten cities. (Pol. ii. 41; Strab. p. 384; Paus. vii. 18. § 1.)

The Achaean League thus renewed eventually became the most powerful political body in Greece; and it happened by a strange coincidence that the people, who had enjoyed the greatest celebrity in tho heroic age, but who had almost disappeared from history for several centuries, again became the greatest among tho Greek states in the last days of the nation's independence. An account of tlio constitution of this League is given in the Dictionary of Antiquities (art. Achaicum Fotdus), and it is therefore only necessary to give here a brief recapitulation of its fundamental laws. The great object of the new League was to effect a much closer political union than had existed in the former one. No city was allowed to make peace or war or to treat with any foreign power apart from the entire nation, although each was allowed the undisturbed control of its internal affairs. This sovereign power resided in the federal assembly (ffilvooos, iKKKijata, avv(ipiov) which was held twice a year originally at Aegium, afterwards at Corinth or other places, though extraordinary meetings might be convened by the officers of the League either at Aegium or elsewhere. At all these meetings, every Achaean, who had attained the age of 30, was allowed to speak ; but questions were not decided by an absolute majority of the citizens, but by a majority of the cities, which were members of the League. In addition to the general assembly there was a Council ($ov\ii), which previously decided upon the questions that were to be submitted to the assembly. The principal officers of the League were: 1. The Strategtu or general (STporrryis), whose duties were partly military and partly civil, and who was the acknowledged head of the confederacy. For tho

I first 25 years there were two Strategi; but at tho I end of that time (b.c. 255) only one was appointed. I Marcus of Ceryneia was the first who held the sole office. (Pol. ii. 43; Strab. p. 385.) It was pro. bably at this time that an Wpparchut (Jmrapxos) or commander of the cavulry was then first appointed in place of the Strategus, whose office had been abolished. We also read of an Under-Strategus (irwomptmry6s\ but we have no account of the extent of his powers or of the relation in which he stood to the chief Strategus. 2. A Secretary of State(ypaii)uiT*&s). 3. Ten Demiurgi (tifiuovpyoi), who formed a kind of permanent committee, and who probably represented at first the 10 Achaean cities, of which the League consisted. The number of the Demiurgi, however, was not increased, when new cities were subsequently added to tho League. All these officers wero elected for one year at the spring meeting of the assembly, and tho Strategus was not eligible for re-election till a year had elapsed after the expiration of his office. If the Strategus died under the period of his office, his place was filled up by his predecessor, until the time for the new elections arrived.

It remains to give a brief sketch of the history of the League. At the time of its revival its numbers were so inconsiderable, that the collective population of the confederate states was scarcely equal to the inhabitants of a single city according to Plutarch. {Aral. 9) Its greatness may be traced to its connection with Aratus. Up to this time the League was confined to the Achaean cities, and the idea does not seem to have been entertained of incorporating foreign cities with it. But when Aratus had delivered his native city Sicyon from its tyrant, and had persuaded his fellow-citizens to unite themselves to the League (b. C. 251), a new impulse was given to the latter. Aratus, although only 20 years of age, became the soul of the League. The great object of his policy was to liberate the Peloponnesian cities from their tyrants, who were all more or less dependent upon Macedonia, and to incorporate them with the League; and under his able management the confederacy constantly received fresh accessions. Antigonus Gonatas, king of Macedonia, and his successor Demetrius II., used every effort to crush the growing power of the Achaeans, and they were supported in their efforts by the Aetolians, who were equally jealous of the confederacy. Aratus however triumphed over their opposition, and for many years the League enjoyed an uninterrupted succession of prosperity. In B. c. 243 Aratus surprised Corinth, expelled the tyrant, and united this important city to the League. The neighbouring cities of Megara, Troezen, and Epidanrus followed the example thus set them, and joined the League in the course of the same year. A few years afterwards, probably in B. c.239, Megalopolis also became a member of the League; and in B.C. 236 it received the accession of the powerful city of Argos. It now seemed to Aratus that the time had arrived when the whole of Peloponnesus might be annexed to the League, but he experienced a far more formidable opposition from Sparta than he had anticipated. Cleomenes III., who had lately ascended the Spartan throne, was a man of energy; and his military abilities proved to be far superior to those of Aratus. Neither he nor the Spartan government was disposed to place themselves ou a level with the Achaean towns; and accordingly when Aratus attempted to obtain possession of Orchomenus, Tcgea, and Mantineia, which had joined the Aetolian League and had been ceded by the latter to the Spartans, war broke ont between Sparta and the Achaean League, B.C. 227. In this war, called by Polybius tho Cleomenic war, the Achaeans were defeated in several battles and lost some important places; and so unsuccessful had they been, that they at length resolved to form a coalition or alliance with Sparta, acknowledging Cleomenes as their chief. Aratus was unable to brook this humiliation, and in an evil hour applied to Antigonus Doson for help, thus undoing the great work of his life, and making the Achaean cities again dependent upon Macedonia. Antigonus willingly promised his assistance; and the negotiations with Clemcnes were broken off, B.c. 224. The war was brought to an end by the defeat of Cleomenes by Antigonus at the decisive battle of Scllasia, B.c. 221. Cleomenes immediately left the country and sailed away to Egypt. Antigonus thus became master of Sparta; but he did not annex it to the Achaean League, as it was no part of his policy to aggrandize the latter.

The next war, in which the Achaeans were engaged, again witnessed their humiliation and dependence upon Macedonia. In B.C. 220 commenced the Social war, as it is usually called. The Aetolians invaded Peloponnesus and defeated the Achaeans, whereupon Aratus applied for aid to Philip, who had succeeded Antigonus on the Macedonian throne. The young monarch conducted the war with striking ability and success; and the Aetolians having become weary of the contest were glad to conclude a peace in B.C. 217. The Achaeans now remained at peace for some years ; but they had lost the proud pre-eminence they had formerly enjoyed, and had become little better than the vassals of Macedonia. But the influence of Aratus excited the jealousy of Philip, and it was commonly believed that his death (b.c. 213) was occasioned by a slow poison administered by the king's order. The regeneration of the League was due to Philopoemen, one of the few great men produced in the latter days of Grecian independence. He introduced great reforms in the organization of the Achaean army, and accustomed them to the tactics of the Macedonians and to the close array of the phalanx. By the ascendancy of his genius and character, he acquired great influence over his countrymen, and breathed into them a martial spirit. By these means he enabled them to fight their own cause, and rendered them to some extent independent of Macedonia. His defeat of Machanidas, tyrant of Sparta (b. C. 208), both established his own reputation, and caused the Achaean arms again to be respected in Greece. In the war between the Romans and Philip, the Achaeans espoused the cause of tho former, and concluded a treaty of peace with the republic, n. c. 198. About this time, and for several subsequent years, the Achaeans were engaged in hostilities with Nabis, who had succeeded Machanidas as tyrant of Sparta. Nabis was slain by some Aetolians in B. C. 192; whereupon Philopoemen hastened to Sparta and induced the city to join the League. In the following year (b.c. 191) tho Messenians and the Eleans also joinod the League. Thus the whole of Peloponnesus was at length annexed to the League; but its independence was now little more than nominal, and its conduct and proceedings were regulated to a great extent by the decisions of the Roman senate. When the Achaeans under Philopoemen ventured to punish Sparta in

B.c. 188 by razing the fortifications of the city and abolishing the laws of Lycurgus, their conduct was severely censured, by the senate; and every succeeding transaction between the League and the senate showed Btill more clearly the subject condition of the Achaeans. The Komans, however, still acknowledged in name the independence of the Achaeans; and the more patriotic part of the nation continued to offer a constitutional resistance to all the Roman encroachments upon the liberties of the League, whenever this could bo done without affording the Romans any pretext for war. At the head of this) party was Philopoemen, and after his death, Lycortas, Xenon, and Polybius. Callicrates on tho other hand was at the head of another party, which counselled a servile submission to the senate, and sought to obtain aggrandizement by the subjection of their country. In order to get rid of his political opponents, Callicrates, after the defeat of Perseus by the Romans, drew up a list of 1000 Achaeans, the best and purest part of the nation, whom the Romans carried off to Italy (b.c. 167) under the pretext of their having afforded help to Perseus. The Romans never brought these prisoners to trial, but kept them in the towns of Italy; and it was not till after the lapse of 17 years, and when their number was redueed to 300, that the senate gave them permission to return to Greece. Among those who were thus restored to their country, there were some men of prudence and ability, like the historian Polybius; but there were others of weak judgment and violent passions, who had been exasperated by their long and unjust confinement, and who now madly urged their country into a war with Rome. A dispute having arisen between Sparta and the League, tho senate sent an embassy into Greece in B.C. 147, and required that Sparta, Corinth, Argos, and other cities should be severed from tho League, thus reducing it almost to its original condition when it included only the Achaean towns. This demand was received with the utmost indignation, and Critolaus, who was their general, used every effort to inflame the passions of the people against the Romans. Through his influence tho Achaeans resolved to resist the Romans, and declared war against Sparta. This was equivalent to a declaration of war against Rome itself, and was so understood by both parties. In the spring of 146 Critolaus marched northwards through Bocotia into the S. of Thessaly, but retreated on tho approach of Metellus, who advanced against him from Macedonia. He was, however, overtaken by Metellus near Searphea, a little S. of Thermopylae; his forces were put to the rout, and he himself was never heard of after tho battle. Metellus followed the fugitives to Corinth. Diacus, who had succeeded Callicrates in the office of General, resolved to continue the contest, as he had been one of ffic promoters of tho war and knew that he had no hopo of pardon from the Romans. Meantime the consul Mummius arrived at the Isthmus as the successor of Metellus. Encouraged by some trifling success against the Roman outposts, Diaeus ventured to offer battle to the Romans. The Achaeans were easily defeated and Corinth surrendered without a blow. Signal vengeance was taken upon tho unfortunate city. The men were put to the sword ; the women and children wero reserved as slaves: and after the city had been stript of all its treasures and works of art, its buildings were committed to the flames, B. c. 146. [couintiius.] Thus perished the Acliacan

League, and with it the independence of Greece; but the recollection of the Achaean power was perpetuated by the name of Achaia, which the Romans gave to the south of Greece, when they formed it into a province. (Pans. vii. 16, sub fin.)

The history of the Achaean League has been treated with ability by several modem writers. The best works on the Bubject are: — Helwing, Geschichte des Achaischen Bvndes, Letngo, 1829; Schorn, Geschichte Griechenlands von der Entstehung des Aetol. and Achaischen Bundes bis avf die Zerstorung Corintkt, Bonn, 1833 ; Flathe's Geschichte Macedonians, vol. ii., Leipz. 1832; Merlcker, Achaicorum Libri III., Darmst. 1837; Brandstiiter, Gesch. des Aetolischen Landes, Volies und Bundes, Berlin, 1844; Droysen, Hellenismus, vol. ii., Hamburg, 1843; Thirlwall, Bistort/ of Greece, vol. viii.

The following is a list of the towns of Achaia from E. to W.: Peixene, with its harbour Aristonautae, and its dependent fortresses Olurus and Gonoe'ssa, or Donussa: Aeoeika, with its fortress Pbelloe : Aeoae : Bvjra: Cekyneia : Helice: Aeoium, with the dependent places Leuctrum and Erineum: the harbour of Panorhus between the pro • montories of Drepanum and Rhium: Pateae, with the dependent places Boline and Argyra: Olenus with the dependent places Peirae and Euryteiae: Dyme, with the dependent places Teichos, Hecatombaeon and Langon.. In the interior Pharae: Leontium: Tkitaea. The following towns, of which the sites are unknown, are mentioned only by Stephanos Byzantinus: Acarra (*Aj(af)*a): Alos f AAor): Amice {'Avdxv): Ascheion ("A<rx«ii»0: Azotus (AfoiToj): Pella (Ele'AAo): Phaestus (♦a«rr<ij): Politeia (Tlo\lrtm): Psophis (Voxels): Scolis (SicdAir): Tarne CTdpinf); Teneium (T^yfiOF); Thrius (0/jiooj), which first belonged to Achaia, afterwards to Elis, and lay near Patrac. Athenacus (xiv. p. 658) mentions an Achaean town, named Tromileia (Tpo/ilAem) celebrated for its cheese.

Respecting the geography of Achaia in general see lliillcr, Dorians, vol. ii. p. 428, seq.; Leake's Morea, vols. ii. & iii., and Peloponnesiaca; Bohlaye, Mecherches,f. 15, seq. ; Curtius, Peloponnesos, vol. i. p. 403. seq.

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3. Achaia, the Roman province, including tie whole of Peloponnesus and the greater part of Hellas proper with the adjacent islands. The time, however, at which this country was reduced to the form of a Roman province, as well as its exact limits, are opeu to much discussion. It is usually stated by modem writers that the province was formed on the conquest of the Achaeans in B. c. 146; but there are several reasons for questioning this statement. In the first place it is not stated by any ancient writer that Greece was formed into a province at this time. The silence of Polybius on the subject would be conclusive, if we possessed entire that part of his history which related the conquest of the Achaeans; but in the existing fragments of that portion of his work, there is no

allusion to the establishment of a Roman province, although we find mention of various regulations adopted by the Romans for the consolidation of their power. 2. Many of these regulations would have been unnecessary if a provincial government had been established. Thus we are told that tho government of each city was placed in the hands of the wealthy, and that all federal assemblies were abolished. Through the influence of Polybius the federal assemblies were afterwards allowed to be held, and some of the more stringent regulations were repealed. (Pol. xL 8—10 ; Pans. vii. 16. § 10.) The re-establishment of these ancient forms appears to have been described by the Romans as a restoration of liberty to Greece. Thus we find in an inscription discovered at Dyme mention of rj airoScSopern Kara Koivbv Tois "EWnciv l\ev6tpia, and also of rj iiroooBuaa rois 'Axafo'f irxb 'Pupaieiv iroA/Tfia, language which could not have been used if the Roman jurisdiction had been introduced into the country. (Bockh, Corp. Inscript. No. 1543; comp. Thirlwall, vol. viii. p. 458.) 3. We are expressly told by Plutarch (C'im. 2), that in the time of Lncullus the Romans had not yet begun to send praetors into Greece (othrw lis Tv 'EAAdSa 'Pwnaiot aTparriyovs StfTfjuirorTo); and that disputes in the country were referred to the decision of the governor of Macedonia. There is the less reason for questioning this statement, since it is in accordance with the description of the proceedings of L. Piso, when governor of Macedonia, who is represented as plundering the countries of southern Greece, and exercising sovereignty over them, which he could hardly have done, if they had been subject to a provincial administration of their own. (Cic. c. Pis. 40.) It is probable that the south of Greece was first made a separate province by Julius Caesar; since the first governor of the province of whom any mention is made (as far as we are aware) was Serv. Sulpicius, and he was appointed to this office by Caesar. (Cic. ad Fam. vi. 6. § 10.)

In the division of the provinces made by Augustus, the whole of Greece was divided into the provinces of Achaia, Macedonia, and Epeirus, the latter of which formed part of Illyris. Achaia was one of the provinces assigned to the senate and was governed by a proconsul. (Strab. p. 840; Dion Cass. liii. 12.) Tiberius in the second year of his reign (a. D. 16) took it away from the senate and made it an imperial province (Tac. Ann. i. 76), but Claudius gave it back again to the senate (Suet. Claud. 25). In the reign of this emperor Corinth was the residence of the proconsul, and it was here that the Apostle Paul was brought before Junius Gallio as proconsul of Achaia. {Acta AposL xviii. 12.) Nero abolished the province of Achaia, and gave the Greeks their liberty; but Vespasian again established the provincial government and compelled the Greeks to pay a yearly tribute. (Paus. vii. 17. §§ 3, 4; Suet. Vesp. 8.)

The boundaries between the provinces of Macedonia, Epeirus, and Achaia, are difiicult to determine. Strabo (p. 840), in his enumeration of the provinces of the Roman empire,says: 'E$S6fjtnv 'Ax«ta*/ piXP1 QprTaAi'as Kal Alru\uv leal'Anapvivuv, Kat Tivwv 'HircipwTiKwv iQv&v, Sffa Tp Ma/ccoW$ irpoai&ptinai. "The seventh (province) is Achaia, up to Thessaly and the Aetolians and Acarnanians and some Epeirot tribes, which border upon Macedonia.* Most modern writers understand fitXP1 315 inclusive, and consequently make Achaia include Thessaly,


Aetolia, and Acarnania. Their interpretation is confirmed by a passage in Tacitus, in which Nicopolis in the south of Epeirus is called by Tacitus (Ann. iL 53) a city of Achuia; but too much stress must not be laid upon this passage, as Tacitus may only have used Achaia in its widest signification as equivalent to Greece. If n*XPl n°t inclusive, Thessaly, Aetolia, and Acarnania must be assigned either wholly to Macedonia, or partly to Macedonia and partly to Epeirus. Ptolemy (iii. 2, scq.), in his division of Greece, assigns Thessaly to Macedonia, Acarnania to Epeirus, and Aetolia to Achaia; and it is probable that this represents the political division of the country at the time at which he lived (a. I). 150). Achaia continued to be a Roman province governed by proconsuls down to the time of Justinian. (Kruse, Hellas, voL i. p. 573.)

ACHAHACA ('Axiipiuta), a village of Lydia, on the road from Tralles to Nysa, with a Plutonium or a temple of Pluto, and a cave, named Charonium, where the sick were healed under the direction of the priests. (Strab. xiv. pp. 649, 650.)

ACHARNAE ('Axafiral: Eth. Axapwi/J, Acharnanus, Nep. Them. 1.; Adj. 'hxapvtuit), the principal demus of Attica, belonging to the tribe Oeneis, was situated 60 stadia N. of Athens, and consequently not far from the foot of Mt. Pames. It was from the woods of this mountain that the Acharnians were enabled to carry on that traffic in charcoal for which they were noted among the Athenians. (Aristoph. Acharn. 332.) Their land was fertile; their population was rough and warlike; and they furnished at the commencement of the Peloponnesiau war 3000 hoplites, or a tenth of the whole infantry of the republic. They possessed sanctuaries or altars of Apollo Aguious, of Heracles, of Athena Hygieia, of Athena Hippia, of Dionysus Melpomenus, and of Dionysus Cissus, so called, because the Acharnians said that the ivy first grew in this demus. One of the plays of Aristophanes bears the name of the Acharnians. Leake supposes that branch of the plain of Athens, which is included between the foot of the hills of Khatsid and a projection of the range of Aegaleos, stretching eastward from the northern termination of that mountain, to have been the district of the demus Achamae. The exact situation of the town has not yet been discovered. Some Hellenic remains, situated f of a mile to the westward of Menidhi, have generally been taken for those of Archamae; but Menidhi is more probably a corruption of Uatovioai. (Thuc. iL 13, 19—21; Lucian, Icaro-Menip. 18; Pind. Nem. ii. 25; Pans. i. 31. § 6 ; Athen. p. 234; Steph. Ii. ». v. ; Leake, Demi of Attica, p. 35, seq.)

ACHARRAE, a town of Thessaly in the district Thessaliotis, on the river Pamisus, mentioned only by Livy (xxxii. 13), but apparently the same place as the Acharne of Pliny (iv. 9. s. 16).

ACHA'TES ('Axdnjr), a small river in Sicily, noticed by Silius Italicus for the remarkable clearness of its waters (perlucentem splendcnti gttrgite Achalen, xiv. 228), and by various other writers as the place where agates were found, and from whence they derived the name of " lapis Achates," which they have retained in all modem languages. It has been identified by Cluverius (followed by most modem geographers) with the river Dirillo, a small stream on the S. coast of Sicily, abont 7 miles E. of Terranova, which is indeed remarkable for the clearness of its waters: but Pliny, the only author who affords any clue to its position, distinctly places the

Achates between Thcrmao and Sclinus, in the SW. quarter of the island. It cannot, therefore, be the Dirillo, but its modem name is unknown. (Plin. iii. 8. s. 14, xxxvii. 10. s. 54; Theophrast. de Lapid. § 31; Vib. Scq. p. 3; Solin. 5. § 25; Cluver. Sicil. p. 201.) [E.H.B.]

ACHELOUS ('ax«a<?oi, Epic 'AxfA&os). 1. (Aspropotamo), the largest and most celebrated river in Greece, rose in Mount Pindus, and after flowing through the mountainous country of the Dolopians and Agraeans, entered the plain of Acarnania and Aetolia near Stratus, and discharged itself into the Ionian sea, near the Acamanian town of Oeniadae. It subsequently formed the boundary between Acarnania and Aetolia, but in the time of Thucydides the territory of Oeniadae extended east of the river. It is usually called a river of Acarnania, but it is sometimes assigned to Aetol;a. Its general direction is from north to south. Its waters are of a whitish yellow or cream colour, whence it derives its modem name of Aspropotamo or the White river, and to which Dionysius (432) probably alludes in the epithet hpyvpoSlrnt. It is said to have been called more anciently Thoas, Axcnus and Thestius (Thuc. ii. 102; Strab. pp. 449, 450, 458; Plut. de Fluv. 22; Steph. IS. ». r.) We learn from Leake that the reputed sources of the Achelous are at a village called Khaliki, which is probably a corruption of Chalcis, at which place Dionysius Periegetes (496) places the sources of the river. Its waters are swelled by numerous torrents, which it receives in its passage through the mountains, and when it emerges into the plaiu near Stratus its bed is not less than three-quarters of a mile in width. In winter the entire bed is often filled, but in the middle of summer the river is divided into five or six rapid streams, of which only two are of a considerable size. After leaving Stratus the river becomes narrower; and, in the lower part of its course, the plain through which it flows was called in antiquity Parachcloitis after the river. This plain was celebrated for its fertility, though covered in great part with marshes, several of which were formed by the overflowings of the Achelous. In this part of its course the river presents the most extraordinary series of wanderings; and these deflexions, observes a recent traveller, are not only so sudden, but so extensive, as to render it difficult to trace the exact line of its bed,— and sometimes, for several miles, having its direct course towards the sea, it appears to flow back into the mountains in which it rises. The Achelous brings down from the mountains an immense quantity of earthy particles, which have formed a number of small islands at its month, which belong to the group anciently called Echinades; and part of the mainland near its mouth is only alluvial deposition. [echinaces.] (Leake, Northern Greece, vol. i. p. 136, seq., vol. iii. p. 513, vol. iv. p. 211; Mure, Journal of a Tour in Greece, vol. i. p. 102.) The chief tributaries of the Achelous were:—on its left, the Campylus (Ko/iwtfAot, Diod. xix. 67: Mtdghova), a river of considerable size, flowing from Dolopia through the territory of the Dryopes and Eurytanes, and the Ctathus (Koofloj, Pol. ap. Ath. p. 424, c.) flowing out of the lake Hyrie into the main stream just above Conope: — on its right the Pktitards (Liv. xliii. 22) in Aperantia, and the Anafus ("a vaxos), which fell into the main stream in Acarnania 80 stadia S. of Stratus. (Thuc. ii. 82.)

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