01 December 2013


I have some readers who fall for this stuff. I quote from the article ...

Mythical heroes, ancient gods and kings, along with geological features, were the origin and inspiration for many names of famous Greek islands.

  • The Greek 'territory' is composed of 6,000 islands and islets scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Sea.  Every Greek island is different, each with its own qualities, making it special around the world.

  • Corfu (Kerkyra or Korkyra) is related to two powerful water symbols; Poseidon, god of the sea, and Asopos–an important Greek mainland river. 
According to myth, Poseidon fell in love with the beautiful nymph Korkyra, daughter of Asopus and river nymph Metope, and abducted her. Poseidon brought Korkyra to the unnamed island and, in marital bliss, offered her name to the place–Korkyra gradually evolved to Kerkyra. Together, they had a child they called Phaiax, after whom the inhabitants of the island were named Phaiakes. This term was transliterated via Latin to Phaeacians. Corfu’s nickname is the island of the Phaeacians.

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