Akanthos overview
Other name(s) Acanthus, Ierissos
Modern name(s) Stagira-Akanthos
Region Aegean
Section Northern Greece
Latitude 40.39998791 N suggest info
Longitude 23.87802824 E
Status Accurate location
Info The town was founded by 7th century BCE (the archaeology suggests 655 BCE) by colonists from Andros, according to Thucydides. Plutarch, on the other hand, referred to it as a mixed colony of Andrians and local Chalcidians, which was founded on the "Coast of Drakontos", in place of a preexisting civilization. He writes that settlers from Andros and Chalcis arrived on the shore at the same time. The natives of Acanthus, seeing the crowd of settlers, became frightened and left the city. The settlers sent an explorer each to see what had happened and, as they approached the city and realized it was empty, ran to be the first to take over the land for their fellow countrymen. The Chalcidian was the fastest but the Andrian, seeing he was losing, stopped and threw his spear on the wall's gate, before his opponent arrived. A court case followed, which was won by the Andrians, because as they protested, they had just about taken over the city first.
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40.399988, 23.878028 === 40.399988 N, 23.878028 E === 40° 23' 60.0" N, 23° 52' 40.9" E
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Database ID 7477, created 7 Apr 2012, 18:29, Last changed 8 Apr 2012, 23:54