Itháki


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Itháki

(ēthä`kē) or

Ithaca

(ĭth`əkə), island (1991 pop. 3,082), c.37 sq mi (96 sq km), W Greece, one of the Ionian IslandsIonian Islands
, chain of islands (1991 pop. 193,734), c.890 sq mi (2,310 sq km), W Greece, in the Ionian Sea, along the coasts of Epirus and the Peloponnesus. The group is made up of Kérkira, Paxoí, Lefkás, Kefallinía, Itháki,
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. It is mountainous, rising to c.2,650 ft (810 m) at Mt. Anoyi, and has little arable land. The chief products are olive oil, currants, and wine. The main town is Itháki (1991 pop. 1,714), located on the island's east coast. The island is traditionally celebrated as the home of OdysseusOdysseus
, Lat. Ulysses , in Greek mythology, son and successor of King Laertes of Ithaca. A leader of Greek forces during the Trojan War, Odysseus was noted (as in the Iliad) for his cunning strategy and his wise counsel.
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. Cyclopean walls and remains of a Corinthian colony (c.8th cent. B.C.) have been found. In 1953, Itháki was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami.

Ithaki

 

(Ithaca), one of the Greek Ionian Islands, located near the west coast of the Balkan Peninsula. Area, approximately 90 sq km; maximum elevation, 804 m.

In the ancient Greek epics, Ithaki was the home and kingdom of Odysseus. However, identification of Homer’s Ithaki with the actual island is debatable.