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Tilos

The beautiful birthplace of poetess IRINNA. She was born on Tilos around 350 BC; the island with the quiet beaches. Although Irinna died very young,  the historians of her era considered her equal to Sapfo. Ikaros mentioned that 3 00 lines of her famous work "Elacati" are still saved. How fascinating! And also that the world is lucky to have two of her epigrams dedicated to her good friends Vafkis and Agatharchis! Through Irinna's work, we see the unchanging values in human nature, throughout thousands of years of human existence!

This small, but very beautiful island gets its name from the young son of Alia and Helio (sun), according to mythology. Tilos, who loved his mother dearly, had come to the island to find herbs that would make her well. Later on, he returned here to build a temple in honor of Apollo and Poseidon. Herodotus, the historian, tells us that Tilos was a member of the ATHENIAN ALLIANCE in the 5th century BC and that during Cleon's time, Tilos's name appeared on tax lists.

Ikaros though, who never stops to surprise us with his knowledge, told us something truly amazing. Namely, that the island had become famous for is production of perfumes! Yes! Apollonios Herophilos in his known work, "About Ointments", presents the "Telian amarakinon and  melinon". It is quite evident that creativity and sophistication were part of the life on Tilos, in ancient Greece, for such writings to exist! Finally, Ikaros showed us exquisite silver coins, some depicting the head of goddess Athena, others of Zeus or Poseidon.

Today, this island is the ideal place to relax and to come close to nature, since it hasn't been discovered by many tourists yet!      

 

Municipality Official Web site:

http://www.ando.gr/tilos/index-eng.htm

Web site from Germany:

http://www.tilos-greece.de

Web site from U.K. (Association)

http://members.aol.com/tilos1/fota/fota.html

Web site from U.K.

http://geocities.com/Colosseum/2252/telos.html

Web site from Council of Hellenics (history) (USA)

http://www.saeamerica.org/aegean/joyrney/tilos.html

Web site from Italy

http://www.angelfire.com/ca2/symbo/

 

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