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Aipeia (Greek: Αίπεια) is a former municipality in Messenia, Peloponnese, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Messini, of which it is a municipal unit.[1] Population 2,574 (2001). The seat of the municipality was in Longa. Modern Aipeia is named after a town on the Messenian Gulf mentioned in Homer's Iliad as Αἴπεια.[2]

Homer Iliad Book 9, Agamemnon about Achilles

He can take whichever one he chooses
back home as his wife to Peleus' house
and pay no bridal gift.  I'll give much more  
to bring about our reconciliation,   
a dowry bigger than any man so far
has ever handed over with his daughter.
I'll give him seven populous cities,
Cardamyle, Enope, grassy Hire, 
holy Pherae, fertile Antheia,
lovely Aepea, and vine-rich Pedasus,
all near the sea, beside sandy Pylos.
People living in these places own a lot,
many sheep and cattle.  They will honour him  
and give him gifts, as if he were a god.        

Division of the municipality

References

^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
^ Autenrieth, Georg (1891). "Αἴπεια". A Homeric Dictionary for Schools and Colleges. New York: Harper and Brothers. Retrieved 12 March 2012.

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