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(Μεροπίς; Meropís).

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[1] Land of the Meropes

Land of the Meropes (poet.: ‘human beings’); a fiction created by Theopompus of Chios (Philippica B. 8), transmitted by Aelian [2] (FGrH 115 F 75c): Silenus instructs Midas about the cities of Eusebḗs (‘pious city’) and Máchimos (‘city of battle’), then (the context is unclear) about M. and Ánostos (‘place without return’). The nature of these cities points to Platonic myths (for instance, Plat. rep. 10,614c), while the opposition b…

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Gauly, Bardo Maria (Kiel), “Meropis”, 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 29 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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