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Lemnos , arxaia ifaistia
Hephaestia
  • Lemnos , arxaia ifaistia

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Lemnos came into view during a natural cosmogony, million years ago, through tongues of flames of prehistoric volcanoes’ fire. However, human presence counts more than 6,000 years.

The island lies exactly in the centre of N. Aegean, in equal distance from Hellespont and Mount Athos. It consists of numerous gulfs with safe anchorages throughout the four dimension points, and it constituted a sea crossroads in transportations from North to South and from East to West. It was sung by Homer and is known since ancient years for its technological civilization.

Argonautic and Trojan circles emphasize embossedly its importance, while its key geographical position played a determinative role in fluctuations of its historic fate.

Its name, which remained unchangeable throughout the centuries, originates from the Phoenician word “white”. As it is low and treeless, it strikes as whitish/ white from afar.

Other names

Sintiis: from the name of its first dwellers.

Hypsipylaea: that was the name of its legendary queen.

Aethalea, Pyroessa and Vulcania: for its volcanic nature.

Dipolis: name of classic years, when Myrina and Hephaestia were developed.

  • During the period of Trojan war

    Achaeans going to Troy stopped in the island and left Philoktitis there, who was bitten by the snake of the sanctuary of goddess Chrysie and his leg stank unbearable.
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  • Sovereigns and conquerors

    The conclusion, arising from mythological and historical texts, is that ancient world had shown a keen interest on Lemnos and its advanced civilization. Kares dominated over the island after Sintiis.
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  • Lemnia Gi

    Lemnia Gi

    It is the famous clay, which for many centuries render the island of Lemnos unique in the whole world. It was mined from the 4th B.C. century till the end of 19th century, in the area of Fteri, between Kotsinas and Repanidi.
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  • Poliochni the most ancient city of Europe

    Poliochni the most ancient city of Europe

    Poliochni: the most ancient city of Europe. The summer of 1930, the Archaeological School of Athens discovered the prehistoric city of Poliochni, which is considered to be the most ancient of Europe. It constitutes a settlement that passed from many phases of architectural and cultural development, in a period of time that lasted from 5000 B.C. till 1600 B.C.
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  • During the period of Trojan war

    Achaeans going to Troy stopped in the island and left Philoktitis there, who was bitten by the snake of the sanctuary of goddess Chrysie and his leg stank unbearable. They took him back twelve years later and went to Troy, because according to the oracles of seer Elenos, only with his weapons (Hercules’s arrows) they could seize it.
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  •  Cabeiri , lemnos

    Lemnos name

    Its name, which remained unchangeable throughout the centuries, originates from the Phoenician word “white”. As it is low and treeless, it strikes as whitish/ white from afar.
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  • Chronicle

    Pelasgics, who were relatives of Tyrrineoi and Etruscans of Italy, seize Lemnos in 1000 B.C. In 511 B.C., the island is occupied by Persians, but in 479 B.C., the fleet of Athenians forced them out of the island definitely.
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  • Ήφαιστος, Λήμνος

    Μythology

    So, Hephaestus, chief metallurgist of Olympian gods, sets up his workshop in Lemnos and becomes its patron god. Besides, it couldn’t be different: the island has volcanic composition of the soil and is not far away from mine resources of Black Sea and Asia Minor.
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