Brill’s New Pauly

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(Λεοντῖνοι/Leontînoi, Latin Leontini). Greek town in eastern Sicily (Λεόντιον/Leóntion, Ptol. 3,4,13), modern Lentini. Xuthus, a son of Aeolus, is said to have been king of Xuthia, which surrounded L. (Diod. Sic. 5,8,2). Hercules is said to have crossed the ‘Leontine plain’, home of the Laestrygones (Theopomp. FGrH 115 F 225a) (Diod. Sic. 4,24,1). It extended as far as the Symaethus (Thuc. 6,65,1). The town was founded in 729 BC by Chalcidian colonists from Naxos, led by Theocles (Th…

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Spina, Santo Daniele (Catania), “Leontini”, 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 27 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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