Copae or Kopai (Ancient Greek: Κῶπαι), or Copia or Copiae, was an ancient Greek city (polis) in Boeotia, on the northern shore of Lake Copais, which derived its name from this town.[1] Copae was part of Thersander's kingdom and is mentioned by Homer in the Catalogue of Ships in the Iliad.[2] It was a member of the Boeotian League.[3][4] It was still in existence in the time of Pausanias, who mentions here the temples of Demeter, Dionysus and Sarapis.[1][5]

Its site is located near the Kastro at modern Topolia.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b Pausanias. Description of Greece. 9.24.1. -2.
  2. ^ Homer. Iliad. 2.502.
  3. ^ Thucydides. History of the Peloponnesian War. 4.93.
  4. ^ Strabo. Geographica. ix. pp. 406, 410. Page numbers refer to those of Isaac Casaubon's edition.
  5. ^ Pliny. Naturalis Historia. 4.7.12.
  6. ^ Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 55, and directory notes accompanying.
  7. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.

  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "Hyle". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray.

Coordinates: 38°29′35″N 23°09′39″E / 38.493128°N 23.160772°E / 38.493128; 23.160772