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Settlers

Lacedaemonians & Mynians of Lemnos

One generation before the Ionians set sail from Athens, the Lacedaemonians and Minyans who had been expelled from Lemnos by the Pelasgians were led by the Theban Theras, the son of Autesion, to the island now called after him, but formerly named Calliste.

This extract is from: Pausanias. Description of Greece (ed. W.H.S. Jones, Litt.D., & H.A. Ormerod, 1918). Cited Feb 2003 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains comments & interesting hyperlinks.


On the island now called Thera, but then Calliste, there were descendants of Membliarus the son of Poeciles, a Phoenician; for Cadmus son of Agenor had put in at the place now called Thera during his search for Europa; and having put in, either because the land pleased him, or because for some other reason he desired to do so, he left on this island his own relation Membliarus together with other Phoenicians.

This extract is from: Herodotus. The Histories (ed. A. D. Godley, 1920), Cambridge. Harvard University Press. Cited Feb 2003 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains comments & interesting hyperlinks.


. . . from the Minyans, who, being descendants of the Argonauts, were first driven out of Lemnos into Lacedaemon, and thence into Triphylia, and took up their abode about Arene in the country which is now called Hypaesia, though it no longer has the settlements of the Minyans. Some of these Minyans sailed with Theras, the son of Autesion, who was a descendant of Polyneices, to the island which is situated between Cyrenaea and Crete "Calliste its earlier name, but Thera its later," . . . and founded Thera, the mother-city of Cyrene, and designated the island by the same name as the city.

This extract is from: The Geography of Strabo (ed. H. L. Jones, 1924), Cambridge. Harvard University Press. Cited Feb 2003 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains comments & interesting hyperlinks.


Historic figures

Theras

Son of Autesion, guardian of sons of Aristodemus, opposes claim of Cresphontes to Messenia, leads a colony to Thera, yearly sacrifices offered to him in Thera, his descendants.


. . . the sons of Aristodemus were Procles and Eurysthenes, and although they were twins they were bitter enemies. Their enmity reached a high pitch, but nevertheless they combined to help Theras, the son of Autesion and the brother of their mother Argeia and their guardian as well, to found a colony. This colony Theras was dispatching to the island that was then called Calliste, and he hoped that the descendants of Membliarus would of their own accord give up the kingship to him. This as a matter of fact they did,taking into account that the family of Theras went back to Cadmus himself, while they were only descendants of Membliarus, who was a man of the people whom Cadmus left in the island to be the leader of the settlers. And Theras changed the name of the island, renaming it after himself, and even at the present day the people of Thera every year offer to him as their founder the sacrifices that are given to a hero.

This extract is from: Pausanias. Description of Greece (ed. W.H.S. Jones, Litt.D., & H.A. Ormerod, 1918). Cited Feb 2003 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains comments & interesting hyperlinks.


A Spartan who colonized and gave name to the island of Thera.


Colonizations by the inhabitants

Theraean Battus colonize Cyrene-Libya

It is said that Chionis also took part in the expedition of Battus of Thera, helped him to found Cyrene and to reduce the neighboring Libyans.


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Ottoman period (1453-1821)

  During 1579-1821 five selfgoverned Kastelia existed on Santorini. That of Skaros (medieval capital, on the rock opposite today's Imerovigli), Agios Nikolaos (today Oia), Pyrgos, Akrotiri and Emporio, built on a fortress basis for protection from piracy raids.
  The suppression of piracy and the parallel transportation trade and the export of the island’s products, resulted in the island’s prosperity and many Thiraeans settled and prospered in Alexandria, Constantinoupolis, Odessa and other cities.
(Text: Manolis Lignos)
This text is cited February 2004 from the Municipality of Thera tourist pamphlet (2003-2004).


Late Byzantine period (1204-1453 AD)

Latin Dominance

  From 1204 Santorini belongs to the Duchy of Naxos and was ceded as a Barony to the Barotzis till 1335 when the Barony was annexed to the Duchy of Naxos 1397-1418 by the Krispo Dynasty. In 1480 Santorini was given as a dowry by the Duke of Naxos, Giacomo 3rd to the Duke of Crete, Domenico Pisani. In 1487 Santorini was annexed with the older islands of the Duchy of Naxos, to Venice.
(Text: Manolis Lignos)
This text is cited February 2004 from the Municipality of Thera tourist pamphlet (2003-2004).


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