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Elis
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(Ἦλις; Êlis).

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[1] Region of the Peloponnese

Region of the Peloponnese

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I. Definition

Doric Ális, Elean Wális, probably ‘valley’, cf. Mycenaean e-nwa-ri-jo (= *en-walios), ethnicon Ἠλεῖοι (αλεῖοι ‘valley dwellers’), the north-western coastal region of the Peloponnese. E. is defined as the lower Peneius valley (later also Κοίλη Ἦλις; Koílē Êlis, ‘Hollow Elis’), the largest (1160 km2) and most fertile part of the region. Not least because of i…

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Lafond, Yves (Bochum) and Lambropoulou, Anna (Athens), “Elis”, 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 16 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e329400>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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