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(thā`sŏs), island (1991 pop. 13,527), c.170 sq mi (440 sq km), NE Greece, in the Aegean Sea. Timber, olive oil, honey, wine, and lead-zinc ores are its chief products; boatbuilding, fishing, and tourism are the main industries. Oil was discovered in the Aegean off Thasos in the early 1970s, leading to a dispute with Turkey over continental shelf rights. In legend its earliest colonists were led by Thasus, son of Poseidon, for whom the island was named. It was famous in ancient times for its gold mines, which were exploited by the Phoenicians. The island was colonized c.708 B.C. by persons from Páros, among whom was the poet Archilochus. In the 5th cent. B.C. it was subdued by Persia and then fell to Athens. A revolt against Athens was put down by Cimon in 463 B.C. The Ottoman Turks held Thásos almost continuously from the mid-15th cent. A.D. until 1912, when it passed to Greece.



an island in the northern part of the Aegean Sea, separated from the Greek mainland by the Thasos Strait, which is about 6 km wide. Thasos has an area of 379 sq km and rises to a maximum elevation of 1,203 m. It is composed of gneisses, granites, and schists and has deposits of iron and complex ores. Marble is quarried on the island. The island shelf contains deposits of natural gas. Thasos has Mediterranean shrubs and softwood forests as well as vineyards and olive groves. Commercial fishing is practiced. The main population center is Thasos (formerly Limen [Limin]). Near the town lie the ruins of the ancient city of Thasos; remnants of the city’s walls, temples, and agora are still extant.

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Scholars are uncertain of the date of the Thasian rebellion, as well as of the dates of the earthquake and Messenian rebellion in Sparta that in Thucydides's account follow on the revolt in Thasos.
Interestingly enough, the role assigned to [Greek Text Omitted] in the Rector's Palace is thus at variance with Cyriacus's own preliminary reading of the statue on Thasos in which he recognized "an image of the consilium of the Thasians.
On the exact day that Cyriacus of Ancona discovered the statue of [Greek Text Omitted] on Thasos, 10 November 1444, another fateful battle was fought nearby.
1, translated the passage as follows: "A marble statue, wrought in the finest style, recently erected by Prince Franciscus Gatalusius at the approach to the harbour of Thasos.
If so, it would follow that he was incapable of rendering her appearance in accordance with the statue of [Greek Text Omitted] on Thasos.
Flots were examined by comparison with modern reference material in the Wiener Laboratory of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens while heavy residues were examined at the Thasos Museum.
The remains of grape, Vitis vinifera, from the necropolis of Thasos had preserved part of the pericarp that was visible as an amorphous black mass surrounding the seed (Figure 6).
This ancient custom survives today in the island of Thasos, where it is common for the priest to pour red wine onto the body of the deceased prior to final interment.
The offerings from the necropolis of Thasos contained numerous fragments of what seems to have been charred bread.
The significant presence of works by the Polos painter at Marseilles contrasts with their absence from Sicily and Magna Graecia and insignificant representation in Etruria; the showing at Kavala contrasts with the insignificant representation at near-by Thasos (the published proportion from each site is, however, small).
The story is confused and there is a clear conflation of two different groups of martyrs, but there are some intriguing if frustrating references to Roman stone working, with mention of the stone of Thasos and of Proconnesos, of foliate capitals, conches, victories, cupids, lions pouring water, eagles and stags being made of porphyry (which is described as a precious stone).
But in a written statement for the EOKA fighters' association, Thasos Sophocleous called the move unethical and an insult to the Greek Cypriot people who had fought against the colonial power for independence.