Aspledon (Ancient Greek: Ἀσπληδών), also called Spledon (Σπληδών), was a city of ancient Boeotia, mentioned by Homer in the Catalogue of Ships of the Iliad,[1] distant 20 stadia from Orchomenus. The river Melas flowed between the two cities.[2][3][4][5] Strabo says that it was subsequently called Eudeielus or Eudeielos (Εὐδείελος), from its sunny situation;[2] but Pausanias relates that it was abandoned in his time from a want of water.[6] The town is said to have derived its name from Aspledon, a son of Poseidon and the nymph Mideia.[7]


Its site is near modern Pyrgos.[8]

Aspledon was mentioned by Homer in Iliad Book 2:

Men from Aspledon and Minyan Orchomenus
were led by Ascalaphus and Ialmenus, 
Ares' sons. Astyoche bore them in Actor's house,
Azeus' son, to mighty Ares. She, a modest virgin,
went upstairs, where the god lay with her in secret.  
These men brought with them a fleet of thirty ships.


Homer. Iliad. 2.510.
Strabo. Geographica. ix. p.416. Page numbers refer to those of Isaac Casaubon's edition.
Pliny. Naturalis Historia. 4.7.12.
Stephanus of Byzantium. Ethnica. s.v.
Etym. M. s.v.
Pausanias. Description of Greece. 9.38.9.
Stephanus of Byzantium, Ethnica s.v. Aspledon

Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.

This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Smith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "Aspledon". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray.

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