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Sikinos

According to Pliny, Strabo and Stephanus of Byzantium, Sikinos was called “Oinoe” in the past, due to the early introduction of viticulture on the island. It should be noted that grapes were depicted on ancient coins of the island. According to a myth that was passed down to modern historians by Scylax, the women of Limnos once decided to slaughter the entire male population of their island. Then, Hypsipyle, the daughter of king Thoas, put her father in a sarcophagus and threw him out to sea. The waves carried the sarcophagus all the way to the coasts of Sikinos. This way the king was saved. Thoas, who was the son of Bacchus and Ariadne, married the nymph Niida on the island and had a son with her called Sikinos. The island was later named after him.

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