Leleges


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Leleges

 

according to Greek legends, one of the ancient peoples living with the Pelasgians and Carians in the southern part of the Balkan Peninsula, the islands of the Aegean Sea, and Asia Minor. In the Iliad only the Leleges of Asia Minor are mentioned (as allies of the Trojans). According to Plutarch, the Leleges were subject to the Carians. Herodotus believed that the Leleges originally inhabited the Cyclades, and he identified them with the Carians. According to Strabo and Pausanias, the Leleges settled in various regions of central Greece and the Peloponnesus. According to other sources, they also lived in Thrace, Macedonia, and Illyria.

REFERENCES

Gindin, L. A. Iazyk drevneishego naseleniia luga Balkanskogo poluo strova. Moscow, 1967.
Deimling, K. W. Die Leleger. Leipzig, 1862.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in classic literature ?
"To the seaward lie the Carians, the Paeonian bowmen, the Leleges, the Cauconians, and the noble Pelasgi.
Here Mulciber has portrayed the Nomad tribe and there the engirdled Africans, here the Leleges and Carians and the Gelonian archers--the Euphrates now flowing with more restrained waves, the Morini, the most far-off of peoples, the two-horned Rhine and indomitable Dahae and the Araxes that detests its bridge.
As well as the account given in 1.146, Herodotus makes mention of Neleus son of Codrus as founder of Miletus in 9.97; he also describes the Athenians claiming the Ionians as their colonists in 9.106; and the colonization of the Ionian mainland by the Leleges in 1.171.
Ancaeus In Greek mythology, the son of Zeus or Poseidon and king of the Leleges of Samos.
21 Leleges, Eurotas (1.1), Lacedaimonians, Sparta (1.2), Amyclae, tomb of Hyacinthus (1.3).