Friday, 15 December 2017
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The Myth

-The Greeks believe that Ikaria ows its name to Dedalus' son Ikarus, who fell unto the waves while flying, when the sun melted the wax which was holding the wings on his shoulders. The oldest reference to the legend appears around 300 BC, while the legend of Dedalus and Ikarus dates back to the 5th century BC. According to this legend, Minos, the king of Crete, considered Dedalus responsible for the escape of Theseus, this is why he imprisoned him. He tried to escape together with his son, by making wings to fly with. This legend has ever since undergone many changes.

-In the centuries that followed the cultivation of grapevine was meant to develop and essentially support the island's economy. Later, during the Hellenistic period, the most important town of Ikaria, Enoe, would be so proud of her wine, as to engrave on the front side of her coin the picture of Dionysus and on the back a bunch of grapes.

-One should not ignore the fact that Dionysus was equally connected with the island of Ikaria and with a municipality in the inland of Attica, also called Ikaria.

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