Sporades, or the Scattered, a group of islands in the Aegaean, Cretan,
and Carpathian seas, so called because they were scattered throughout these seas,
in opposition to the Cyclades, which lay round Delos in a circle. But the distinction
between these groups was not accurately observed, and we find several islands
sometimes ascribed to the Cyclades, and sometimes to the Sporades. The islands
usually included among the Cyclades are given under that article. [Vol. I. p.
723.] Scylax makes two groups of Cyclades; but his southern group, which he places
off the coast of Laconia and near Crete, are the Sporades of other writers: in
this southern group Scylax specifies. Melos, Cimolos, Oliaros, Sicinos, Thera,
Anaphe, Astypalaea (p. 18, ed. Hudson). Strabo first mentions among the Sporades
the islands lying off Crete, - Thera, Anaphe, Therasia, Ios, Sicinos, Lagusa,
Pholegandros (x. pp. 484, 485). Then, after describing the Cyclades, he resumes
his enumeration of the Sporades, - Amorgos, Lebinthos, Leria, Patmos, the Corassiae,
Icaria, Astypalaea, Telos, Chalcia, Nisyros, Casos, the Calydnae (x. pp. 487-489).
Pliny (iv. 12. s. 23) gives a still longer list. An account of each island is
given under its own name.
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- Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854) (ed. William Smith, LLD)