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(Πελασγοί/Pelasgoí; Latin Pelasgi). People of archaic Greece and perhaps north-western Asia Minor, definitely Crete (Hom. Od. 19,177), Thessaly (from the name of the Thessalian Pelasgiotis and the expression τὸ Πελασγικὸν Ἄργος/tò Pelasgikòn Árgos, Hom. Il. 2,681) and Epirus (reference to the Zeus of Dodona as 'Pelasgian', cf. Hom. Il. 16,233, cf. Hes. fr. 319 M.-W.). The P., who helped the Trojans (Troy) in the Iliad (Hom. Il. 2,840ff.; 10,429; 17,288ff.), cannot be precisely located; their capital, Larisa, may be the Pelasgiotic Larisa (whic…

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Gschnitzer, Fritz (Heidelberg), “Pelasgi”, 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 28 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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