Posted by Constantine Alexander on October 07, 2001 at 11:16:11:
In Reply to: help! greek influence on spain posted by aa on October 05, 2001 at 08:26:44:
Dear AA: (interesting name)
As a son of Zakynthos, one of the islands of the Ionian Sea in Greece, I am very familiar with the history of this island.
According to Homer, this Greek island got its name from Zakynthos, the son of Dardanos, king of Troy, who arrived in the island from the Arcadian city of Psofida, around 1500-1600 BC with his men. According to Plinios, before Zakynthos, the island was called Yria after its previous settler, the Arcadian hero Yrieas.
These Arcadian settlers established a great naval force in their new homeland and they ventured with their ships to Spain where they established a community called Zakantha, which blossomed both in wealth and in civilization for over 1000 years before it was destroyed by Hannibal in 218 BC. Together with the Phoenicians, the Zakynthians also established the city of Paranassia on the Spanish cape of Pirineo.
I hope that this is of assistance.
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