11 Facts About Eresos


From 2010 until 2019, Eresos was part of the municipality of Lesvos and from 2019 it is part of the municipality of West Lesvos.

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Municipal unit of Eresos–Antissa contains five other villages: Messotopos, Vatoussa, Chidira, Sigri and Pterounda located in the west and most barren part of the island.

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In summer 412, Eresos revolted from Athens and joined the Spartan admiral Astyochus in making an unsuccessful attempt to seize Methymna.

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Spartan control of Eresos ended in 389 when the Athenian commander Thrasybulus retook the city.

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In 377 Eresos is recorded as a member of the Second Athenian League.

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About 371, Theophrastus, remembered as the "father of botany", was born at Eresos; he spent hs entire career at Athens, where he succeeded Aristotle as head of the Peripatetic school.

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Athens is thought to have lost control of Eresos following the Social War, after which its power in the Aegean waned.

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Two Romans are honoured in a list of proxenoi from Eresos dating to the last third of the 3rd century BCE, one of the earliest appearances of negotiatores in the Greek East.

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Only sport club based in Eresos is a football team whose name is AO Papanikolis, founded in 1979 and currently playing in one of local football championships of Greece, lowest leagues of Greek football.

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Eresos is the setting of Lawrence Durrell's Sappho: a Play in Verse, set in the Archaic period; Durrell invents an episode in which an earthquake causes a large part of the city to be submerged beneath the sea.

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Eresos makes a brief appearance in the novel Sure of You, the sixth volume in the series Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin.

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