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Lemnos

Lemnos is an island in the Aegean Sea, located between Lesbos to the northeast and Skyros to the southwest. Together with Thasos, it formed the Hephaistos Islands.

Mythology

According to Greek mythology, the god Hephaistos had a limp. When the goddess Hera discovered this, she threw him off Mount Olympos. He landed in the sea near Lemnos, where sea deities rescued him.[1]

History

At some point during the 420s BCE, the Spartan misthios Kassandra explored the island, managing to hunt down a member of the Delian League branch of the Cult of Kosmos.[2]

Regions

The island of Lemnos comprised two regions:

Trivia

  • In Greek mythology, Hephaistos was cared for by Thetis, the Nereid who was also the wife of Peleus and the mother of the hero Achilles. It was said that his forge was located on the island.
    • Another legend states that when Jason and the Argonauts arrived, all the island was inhabited by women, ruled by Hypsipyle. The Argonauts were content to stay on the island, but Herakles was so disgusted by the way his companions were acting that he persuaded them to leave.

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