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The island of Keos

Keos is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, located between the Attika peninsula and the island of Delos. Together with Lestris and Seriphos, Keos formed the Pirate Islands.

Out of all the gods of the Greek pantheon, Aphrodite was especially venerated on the island of Keos, as she was believed to oversee all civic matters, and protect the local magistrates' positions.[1]

During the 5th century BCE, the main livelihood for the island's inhabitants was fishing. [citation needed]


Sometime prior to the Peloponnesian War, the main city of the island, Koressia, was assaulted by pirates who burned the city down and claimed it. After establishing a presence on the island, the pirates discovered that the population was drastically dwindling due to a shortage of food. To rectify this crisis, they went to the extremes of forcing all inhabitants older than sixty to commit suicide by drinking concoctions of deadly hemlock. While this ensured the survival of the rest of the population, it left behind a foul stench of death in the island's interior. The island was surrounded by crystal clear, turquoise waters and palm trees which produced a veneer of paradise. [citation needed]


The island of Keos was made up of four regions:




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