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The Slaying of Orpheus
The Slaying of Orpheus

Mythology

It is the strategic geographical position of Lesvos that has coloured its history – both mythological and real – and we strongly recommend that visitors with a specific interest in history conduct their own research, as everywhere you look a new story will unfold.
  • Homer calls Lesvos ‘Makaros ethos’, referring to the mythical King of Lesvos, Makaras.
  • Achilles launched many attacks on the island, mooring his ships close to the ancient port of Mithyma (present-day Molyvos), and finally conquering it through treachery.
  • On Mt Lepetymos Achilles and Ajax buried Palamides, hero of the Trojan War.
  • At Antissa, the head and lyre of Orpheus were washed up by the waves of the Aegean and legend has it that, as a result, the nightingales sing more sweetly on Lesvos than anywhere else on earth.
  • It was on Lesvos that Odysseus wrestled and defeated King Philomilides and where he met with Diomedes and Menelaeus to plan their journey home after the fall of Troy.
Homer
Homer
Achilles
Achilles