Locris

Locris (Greek, Modern: polytonic|Λοκρίδα Lokrida, Ancient: polytonic|Λοκρίς Lokris) was a region of ancient Greece, the homeland of the Locrians, made up of two districts. Opuntian Locris or Eastern Locris was on the mainland coast stretching from Thermopylae to Larymna, opposite Euboea, while Ozolian Locris or Western Locris was on the northern coast of the Corinthian Gulf between Naupactus and Crisa, going inland up the Amphissa valley.

Locris is not to be confused with Epizephyrian Locris, a colony founded by the Locrians in Calabria.

Ancient Locris

The territory of the Locrians was divided into two by Doris and Phocis, perhaps due to an early invasion of a contiguous Locrian state. This fact, combined with the region's infertility, meant that the Locrians tended to be dominated by their neighbours, and played little part in Greek history. Opuntian Locris was named after its main city, Opus. The main cities of Ozolian Locris were Amphissa and Naupactus which was its seaport. [http://www.timelessmyths.com/classical/mainland.html#Locris] In the 7th century BC, some Locrians founded the city of Locri in southern Italy, naming it after their native land, although there is some disagreement over whether it was those from Opuntian Locris or from Ozolian Locris who were responsible.

Modern Lokrida

Modern Lokrida (Opuntian Locris) is located in a province in the southeastern part of the Fthiotis prefecture. Its modern seat is Atalanti. It is bounded by the Viotia prefecture to the south, Fokida prefecture to the southwest and the Fthiotis province to the northwest. The Ozolian Locris is today known commonly as Nafpaktia and also the southern part of Fokida as part of the Dorida province.

External links

* [http://plato-dialogues.org/tools/loc/locris.htm Locris] ( [http://plato-dialogues.org/ "Plato and His Dialogues" Website] )


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