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Copais
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(Κωπαίς; Kōpaís). Northern Boeotian basin, formerly with a lake that had no drain above ground. The rivers  Cephis(s)us [1] (therefore Κηφισίς (Kēphisís), Hom. Il. 5,709; Paus. 9,24,1) and Melas as well as the streams and revmata from the surrounding mountains flowed into it. It was named after the city of  Copae on the north-eastern shore; the existence of different regional parts named after the main cities along the shore is documented [2. 16]. The area of the C. plain comprised c. 350 km2, the expansion of the lake had strong seasonal variations and did not exceed c. 2…

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Fell, Martin (Münster), “Copais”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 24 September 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e619860>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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