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Naxos Island is the largest of the Kyklades, located in the Aegean Sea of Greece. Its capital city is simply known as Naxos, or Chora, the Greek word for 'town'. The other notable settlement on the island is the village of Apollonas, born around the island's marble quarry.
The island was known for its white sandy beaches, emery, and its vast supply of pure white marble, which was highly sought after by sculptors and masons throughout Greece. In spite of this, during the 5th century BCE the construction of the island's own temple of Apollo was begun, but never completed.
The banner of Naxos Island features a kantharos flanked by bunches of grapes, similar to the coins minted on Naxos, and referencing both wine as well as the island's general dedication to the god Dionysos.
According to Greek mythology, the Naxos Island was the birthplace of the god Dionysos  as well as the Aloadai, the giant sons of the god Poseidon and Iphimedeia. It was also on Naxos Island that the legendary hero Theseus abandoned the Kretan princess Ariadne, and where she subsequently died.
Naxos used to control both its neighboring island of Paros as well as the island of Andros, but Parians loathed this arrangement. Eventually, under the command of Silanos, secretly a member of the Peloponnesian League branch of the Cult of Kosmos, the Parians gathered their strength and challenged Naxos. With the help of the Spartans as well as the misthios Kassandra, Naxians led by Myrrine beat Silanos and his forces.
Naxos Island had fertile ground with white beaches, vivid green cypress trees, and clear, azure blue waters. In the 5th century BCE, the island was divided into four regions largely referencing the island's mythical past:
Behind the scenes
While in Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, Naxos Island given the epithet "Vineyard of Dionysos", on Ubisoft's own site, the island is named "White Marble Islands", referencing the marble production on the island.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Naxos: Naxos
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Worlds: Paradise Islands. Ubisoft. Accessed 18 June 2018.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece – Naxos: "Naxos Banner"
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Naxos: Cave of Iphimedeia
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Naxos: Deathbed of Ariadne
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Athens's Last Hope
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Catching Up
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – A Mother's Prayers
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Unified Front
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – The Writing's on the Wall
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey