Of Ellade. chap. 54.
ELlas Elladis is a prouince of Gréece in Europa, and had that name of king Hellena Deucalions sonne, after him the Gréekes were first called Elle∣nes. In this Prouince is the Countrye Attica, wherin sometime was the noble Citie Athens, mother of liberall artes, nourysher of Philosophers: sometime Gréece had nothing more worthye, nor more noble then this citie. Next thereto is the Prouince Achaia, as Isidore say∣eth libro 15. In this one Countrie Ellas be two Prouinces, Boetia, and Pelopo∣nensis. Of the first, that is to wit, Boe∣tia, it is spoken before. To this Country Ellas, belongeth the coast of the sea, yt is called Hellespōtus, wherin be many great wounders, as Plinius saith, li. 6. ca. 3. By Hellespōtus Tranges, Pergamcus saith, that there be many manner of men, that he called Ophioges, that hele smiting of Serpents with their téeth and groping, Page 225 and onely with their hand laide to, they drawe out slayeng venimme. Also Varro sayth, that yet there bée some whose spit∣tle is medicine against the stinging of Serpents. Hellespontus, is a coast of the sea of middle earth, as Isid. saith lib. 13. in the North turning and going in great goings and turnings beside Greece and Illiocum, and is drawen by straightnesse of 7. furlongs, where Xerxes the King made a bridge of ships, and so hée went into Greece for to warre there. The same water spreadeth and maketh the coast of the sea the which is called Propontides; the which anone is constrained into ••∣tye paces. That coast of the sea hath the name of Helles the sister of Frixus, shée fledde the mallice of her stepdame, and fel into ye sea & was drowned: and of that falling, the sea & the lande about had the name Hellespontus.
(*Ophiogenes people of Hellespont, which heale the stinging of Serpentes with touching the place.)