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(Φλεγέθων; Phlegéthōn).

[German version]

[1] River near Cumae

River near Cumae (Cyme [2]), which, according to Strabo (1,2,18 and 5,4,5), was identified with the Homeric P. [2] on the basis of the nearby hot springs.

[German version]

[2] River of the Underworld

"Stream of fire" (also Πυριφλεγέθων/Pyriphlegéthōn); one of the rivers of the Underworld, it and Cocytus [1] flow into Acheron [2] (Hom. Od. 10,513f.). According to Plat. Phd. 113a-b, P. flows through a burning region, …

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Schlapbach, Karin (Zürich), “Phlegeton”, 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 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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