Mythology of Thassos
![Limenaria - Zeus and Europa](images/stories/Mira/zevs i evropa.jpg)
According to the famous ancient historian Herodotus, the island was named after Thassos, the son ( or grandson) of Phoenician king Aginora. Thassos, who led the sea expedition in search of his sister Europe abducted by Zeus, reached the island. He did not find her but could not return without her. Delighted by the climate and rich vegetation, he settled down on the island . The scene in which Zeus disguised as a bull abducts Europe, is shown on the memorial plate in the port of Limenaria. The same scene is immortalised on the Greek coin of 2 EU.
There is another story, that says that the name originatd from the word " drosos" meaning "freshness" which had been produced by lush vegetation since the ancient times.
The ancient poets had called the island "Aeria" ( cool summer breeze) because of the clean air and typical freshness. Another name was " Aethria" ( clear sky) praising the most prominent feature of Thassos.
The island is connected to the myth of the Sirenes, who lived there and, according to the tradition, seduced every man who heard them, with their magical voices. It is believed that the mermaids of Thassos cast a spell on Odysseus and made him stay on the island forever.
Like all ancient Greeks, the inhabitants of Thassos believed in 12 gods of Olympus.The island's patron was Heracles who is believed to have had his origins not in the Greek halfgod Heracles (Hercules), but in the Phoenician god Melkarth.Other than their patron, Heracles, the inhabitants of Thassos respected greatly the god of the sea Poseidon and the goddess of the hunt Artemis.