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The Dipotamos Valley and the “Phocian Corridor”

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The Dipotamos valley links the Euboean Gulf and Daphnus with Hyampolis, Abae and the sanctuary of Apollo (Kalapodi). It also provides access to Epicnemidian Locris, either through the Steni Pass in the direction of Cnemis or via Tachtali, towards Naryx and the Boagrius valley. Strabo's statement that Daphnus was at one time a Phocian city has been used to support the existence of a corridor from Eastern Locris to the coast of Locris, a strip of land under Phocian control. It is unlikely, in terms of geopolitical practice, that the Phocians were able to hold a rather narrow strip of land between two hostile populations the Epicnemidians and the Hypocnemidians for any length of time. J. McInerney associates Strabo's reference with Phocian control of Epicnemidian Locris in the sixth century bc and certainly his assumption should not be rejected out of hand.

Keywords: Dipotamos valley; Epicnemidian Locris; geopolitical practice; Hypocnemidians; Phocian corridor



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