Antĭcyra, ae, f., = Ἀντίκιρρα, Dicaearch. and Strabo; Ἀντίκυρρα, Eustath.; and Ἀντίκυρα, which the Romans followed.
- I. A town in Phocis, on a peninsula (which Pliny and Gellius erroneously call an island), on a bay of the Corinthian Gulf, now Aspra Spitia, famous for hellebore; hence much frequented by hypochondriacs, Ov. P. 4, 3, 54; Liv. 26, 26; 28, 8; 30, 18; 32, 18; Plin. 22, 25, 64, § 133; 25, 5, 21, § 52.
- II. A town on the Sinus Maliacus, also noted for hellebore, but less famous than the foregoing; cf. Hor. S. 2, 3, 83; 2, 3, 166; Gell. 17, 15.
- III. A town of Locris, at the entrance of the Corinthian Gulf, often confounded with the Anticyra in Phocis, Liv. 26, 26 (Hor., A. P. 300, speaks as if all three places produced hellebore: tribus Anticyris Caput insanabile; and the plur. Anticyrae, in Pers. 4, 16, may be used in the same way, or the form may be here a mere poetic exaggeration; v. Gildersleeve ad h. l.).