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City and region of southern Thessalia, on the mainland
facing northern Euboea (the city of Phthia itself has
not been located by archæologists ; the region is variously called
Phthia or Phthiotis) (area 2).
Phthia is best known as the country of Achilles and his father Peleus.
Mythology knows of a Phthia, eponym of the region, who was loved by Apollo and gave him three sons, Dorus (the ancestor of the Dorians, who is also sometimes presented as a son of Hellen and a grandson of Deucalion), Laodocus and Polypoetes, who where kings of this country before they were slain by Ætolus, one of the sons of Endymion, king of Elis, and the ancestor of the Ætolians who settled on the northern shore of the gulf of Corinth and founded such cities as Pleuron and Calydon.