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Ancient authors' reports
Emerged to Argonauts (The Isle of the Appearance)
According to mythology, the island of Anafi was created by Apollo for the Argonauts to be saved as they were in danger because of tempest during their return from Colchis. The word Anafi derives from the greek verb, which means to appear, to come up.
The iron island
From Ios towards the west one comes to Sicinos and Lagusa and Pholegandros, which last Aratus calls "Iron" Island, because of its ruggedness. (Strabo 11.5.1)
- Perseus: Strabo, Geography
Cos, the city of Meropian men
- Meropian: Perseus Encyclopedia
Homer's resting place
"The inhabitants of Ios point to Homer's tomb in the island (at Plakoto, in the North part of the island), and in another part to that of Clymene, who was, they say, the mother of Homer". (Παυσ. 10,24,2).
- Perseus: Pausanias, Description of Greece, Phocis and Ozolian Locri
The island of the Sun
When Zeus and the immortals were dividing the earth among them, Rhodes was not yet visible in the expanse of the sea, but the island was hidden in the salty depths. Helios was absent, and no one marked out a share for him; in fact they left him without any allotment of land, although he was a holy god. And when Helios mentioned it, Zeus was about to order a new casting of lots, but Helios did not allow him. For he said that he himself saw in the gray sea, growing from the bottom, a rich, productive land for men, and a kindly one for flocks, thereafter be (Helios) own prize of honor. There grew from the waters of the sea an island, which is held by the birthgiving father of piercing rays, the ruler of fire-breathing horses. And there he once lay with Rhodes, and begat seven sons who inherited from him the wisest minds in the time of earlier men; and of these one begat Cameirus, and Ialysus the eldest, and Lindus.
This extract is from: Pindar. Odes (ed. Diane Arnson Svarlien, 1990). Cited Oct 2002 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains comments & interesting hyperlinks.
The Island of Roses
The rock rose is so plentiful and exuberant that Rhodes is often called the Island of Roses.
- Dodecanese: Perseus Encyclopedia
The elephants' island
Whoever had the good fortune to witness this sight that gave Tilos the name "island with the almond trees" never forgot it. In the place of this vision though came something eise, just as distinctive and magnificent: the islands pygmy elephants whose study wiIl show as we expect by faithfully reconstructing their skeletons showing how these animaIs were in that time. This spectacle, unique for being in Greece but aiso one of the most remarkable in the world and connected to that great paleontological discovery that brought to Iight these important finds, wiIl justly give a new name to Tilos, making now the island better known as the Elephant Island.
- Dodekanissos Development Enterprise WebPage
The island of Art
Tinos, island of art and beauty, boasts many architectural and artistic
treasures, which can be seen at the important museum of folk - and religious art.
Nature endowed this island not only with plenty of materials such
as white and green marble, slate and granite, but also with a unique environment
which undeniably inspires the artistically inclined. It is the island's miracle
which makes artists want to sing its praises. Soulless marble comes alive under
their chisels. Stone and wood take shape according to the artist's inspiration.
Landscapes and nature are immortalised with brush and canvas.
It is nature that has played the first and most important role in
the formation of the artistic spirit and mood. Old traditions, that are still
very much alive today, have also contributed, giving us great sculptors and painters.
The most famous sculptor of antiquity, Phideas, seems to have had
strong links with the island. There are two traditional versions:
The father of Phideas was from Tinos
This great sculptor taught art to the Tiniots during his period of exile.
A lucky coincidence brought him to Tinos when his ship, on the way to Delos,
was wrecked in the region of Kinia.
The island's artists played a considerable role in the development
of Modern Greek Fine Art. Eminent Tiniot artists are the founders of modern Greek
sculpture and painting.
Characteristic examples of traditional Tiniot art: dovecots, Tiniot
houses, churches and clock-towers, wicker work.
Today, a great number of artists works on Tinos, as well as many families
of sculptors, who keep the old traditions of the island alive and teach them to
a younger generation; a task which is sacred to them.
This text is cited Apr 2003 from the University of Patras' XENIOS DIAS website URL below.