River Phoinix at Thermopylae

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This image depicts a view of the river Phoinix, at Thermopylae.  According to Herodotus, who provides the history of the battle between the Greeks and Persians in 480 BCE: 

There is also another river called Phoinix, [meaning, “the purple one”] to the south of the Asopus, of no great size...Behind the river Phoinix is the narrowest place, for here has been constructed a road with a single wheel-track only. Then from the river Phoinix it is a distance of three kilometers to Thermopylae.

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Quoted passage from Herodotus, Histories, 7.200

Image online, courtesy Livius.org


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