Cadmus, the founder of Thebes11-05-2013 17:37Cadmus is the legendary founder of the city of Thebes in Boeotia and has been accredited with the introduction of the Phoenician Alphabet to the ancient Greeks. Kadmos is a descendant of the noble family of the Inachids, son of Agenor, cousin to Danaos of Argos and brother to Cilix, Phoenix and Europa.
Kadmos was born in Libya, but as soon as his sister Europa was abducted by Zeus, Cadmos and his brothers were ordered by their father on her quest, being told not to return home until they had found her.
Kilix stayed at the southeastern part of Asia Minor, known thereafter as Cilicia (Kilikia). Phoinix settled in Phoenicia in North Africa. Kadmos set off with his brother Thassos and their mother Telephassa and it is said that the three of them were initiated in the Kabeiria in Samothrace. Telephassa died at some point of the quest and Thassos decided to give up and settled on the island off the Thracian coast that bear his name ever since.
Kadmos decided to consult the Delphic oracle about the location of his sister. He was told that he should not search for Europa no further, but he should follow a cow until it sank down exhausted on its right flank. At this spot he should found a new city. Kadmos did as he was told and after reaching his goal he would sacrifice the cow to the gods. To perform the ritual, he needed some water, so he sent some of his companions. The spring was sacred to Ares, god of war and was guarded by a fearsome dragon that killed all of Kadmos’ companions.
On receiving the news, Cadmus set off to kill the dragon and stabbed it. Following the advice given by Athena, Kadmos collected the teeth of the dragon and sowed them in the ground. Out of them five armed men sprang up, named Spartoi (Sown Men) who found the families of the military caste of the new city and before founding the city Kadmos had to serve Ares for a year.
After his servitude, Ares was reconciled with Kadmos and Zeus gave him Harmonia as a wife, daughter of Ares and Aphrodite. Their wedding was much celebrated on Kadmeia, the citadel of Thebes, with all the Olympian gods descending from heaven to attend it, but they were destined to suffer many sorrows from their children.
Kadmos and Harmonia had a son, Polydoros, and four daughters, Ino, Semele, Agave and Autonoe. Polydoros was the founder of the future Labdakid dynasty, the family of Oedipus. Semele who had an affair with Zeus, was destructed by her own demand as she asked Zeus to visit her in his original divine form, while she was pregnant with his son Dionysos. She perished by his glory while Zeus managed to rescue the unborn child and sew it into his thigh until it was time for him to be born. Ino was driven by divine madness by Hera for having nursed infant Dionysos. Agave was incited by Dionysos to tear her son to pieces in order to punish him for not acknowledging his divinity. Autonoe gave birth to Aktaion, who died in horrifying circumstances.
Toward the end of their life, Kadmos and Harmonia left Thebes to live in exile in Illyria and is said to have been granted the privilege of living in the Elysian Fields, and after death Paradise for ancient Greeks.
The Marmita Restaurant is now a part of the history of Santorini, since it has been operating in Megalochori since 2004. From 2013 it s been running under the observation of new owner Giannis Manikas and the sense of renewal is obvious.
It opened in 2004 and soon became one of the favourite dining spots in Santorini. It is called Metaxy mas which means.. between us, but it is not a secret any more that this restaurant has a rich menu with almost 40 different dishes and appetizers based on traditional Greek cuisine.
Explore the fascinating volcanic island of Santorini the way you want it yourself! Enjoy a unique accommodation experience, with huge doses of privacy and luxury by choosing to stay in Incognito Villa.
Like a relay race of three generations; a journey with happy days, sad days, joys, sorrows, wars, Occupation, poverty, hunger, deaths, volcanic eruptions, catastrophic earthquakes, flee for a better life, return, better days, feasts, tourism explosion, financial crises and so on… Everything has been indelibly inscribed on the walls of this small building, Aktaion. I feel grateful that life has given me the opportunity to hold the reins of Aktaion all the way to its centennial.
More than just a famous tourist destination, Santorini boasts a romantic scene where you can have some really memorable moments with your partner. The time when the sun sets deep down to the Aegean Sea and the sky gets these amazing orange colors is the best to enjoy a cocktail. One of the best places to do so is the Classico bar restaurant in the capital of Fira.
We have been choosing Parea Tavern for our meals and dinners for 14 years! Every time someone from Touristorama travels to the island of Santorini, he enjoys authentic Greek cuisine at the terrace of this restaurant in the heart of Fira. And we are not the only ones. Thousands of tourists include it among their favorites on the volcanic island.
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