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(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.
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(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.

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HIRE a boat and pop across to the nearby island of Ithaki, if you fancy a bit of island hopping - although you'll never get tired of exploring the secluded coves and coast of Kefalonia.
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And, if you want to explore nearby islands, car ferries and boats leave from Nidri most days for Meganisi, with its sandy beaches and famous sea-caves, and the islands of Cephalonia and Ithaki. More than 70 per cent of the island is mountainous - its highest peak reaches 1,140m - and along the coast the lower mountains drop abruptly into the sea, forming sheer and rocky cliffs.
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Family members by him include Dushyantor, Family Tradition (3rd Prix Marcel Boussac-Gr1), and Encens' half-siblings Scenic (Dewhurst S-Gr1), Ithaki (2nd Grand Prix de Paris- Gr1) and Well Away (dam of last year's high-class two-year-old Endless Summer).
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His dam, a winner at two, is a sister to Dewhurst dead-heater Scenic and smart Ithaki, who showed their best form at three over 10 furlongs.
Tonight the Ithaki Beach bar in Moni, Limassol, will make sure Saturday night partying follows into Sunday morning, with the sounds of DJ Priku.