Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Symi Island, Greece

my dear Nastya got the chance to again visit Greece this summer...this time the Rhodos Island and as always sent me some lovely postcards, among which is this one from the Symi Island...and which I must admit looks magnificent!
Symi is mountainous Greek Island and includes the harbor town of Symi and its adjacent upper town Ano Symi.
In Greek mythology, Symi is reputed to be the birthplace of the Charites and to take its name from the nymph Syme (in antiquity the island was known as Aigli and Metapontis), though Pliny the Elder and some later writers claimed it came from the word scimmia meaning a monkey. In Homer's Iliad the island is mentioned as the domain of King Nireus, who fought in the Trojan War on the side of the Greeks. Thucydides writes that during the Peloponnesian War there was a Battle of Syme near the island in January, 411 BC, in which an unspecified number of Spartan ships defeated a squadron of Athenian vessels. Little is known of the island until the 14th century, but archaeological evidence indicates it was continuously inhabited, and ruins of citadels suggest it was an important location. It was first part of the Roman Empire and then the Byzantine Empire, until its conquest by the Knights of St. John in 1373.

This reminds me that I havent finished reading the Greek Mythology book I started a few months ago...

just today Nastya asked me about the stamps...and unfortunately, this one bears no cancellation either. The stamp was issued this year in an issue of 5 stamps regarding the New Acropolis Museum, and this stamp shows the Parthenon Frieze.

A thing I MUST mention and which makes me happy is that my cards came written with the name Republic Macedonia untouched, not a line scribbled over, not a word added...

Большое спасибо дорогая Настя! <3

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