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  • proper n. a river in western Greece
  • proper n. patron deity of this river


From Latin Achelous, from Ancient Greek Ἀχελῷος. (Wiktionary)


  • Achelous! within thy founts thou didst receive in days gone by the babe of

    The Bacchantes

  • Sirens, daughters of Achelous, used to beguile with their sweet songs whoever cast anchor there, and then destroy him.

    The Argonautica

  • Them lovely Terpsichore, one of the Muses, bare, united with Achelous; and once they tended

    The Argonautica

  • For the town is in the midst of a marsh formed by the river Achelous, which, rising in Mount Pindus and passing first through the territory of the Dolopians, Agraeans, and Amphilochians, and then through the Acarnanian plain, at some distance from its mouth flows by the city of Stratus and finds an exit into the sea near Oeniadae: an expedition in winter is thus rendered impossible by the water.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • Oeniadae, his ships sailing up the river Achelous, while his army ravaged the country by land.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • Passing over the river Achelous they marched through Acarnania, leaving the city and garrison of Stratus on the right hand, and the rest of Acarnania on their left.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • Echinades are situated opposite to Oeniadae and close to the mouth of the Achelous.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • Achelous, and he thought that a place sufficient to support life must have accumulated in the long time during which he had been wandering since his mother's death.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • Currently, when I think of the Conservative Party of today, I am reminded of Achelous after the defeat by Hercules.


  • Achelous, and considered that a place sufficient to support life upon, might have been thrown up during the long interval that had elapsed since the death of his mother and the beginning of his wanderings.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War


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