MEGANISSI (Island) IONIAN ISLANDS
Opposite Poros, next to the islet of Skorpios, appears the foam crested Meganissi. A simple islet consisting of three villages, simple, with its only jewels it natural unspoiled beauty, its completely clean beaches, the play of colours in the sun and the warmth of its people. Ideal for all those who want to live peacefully, to enjoy the life of the island and to feel moments of nostalgia, moments from the past. On Meganissi it is also possible to visit the famous cave where the submarine Papanikolis took refuge when it was in danger during the Second World War. Access to the island is easy as there is a daily connection with two ferries from and to Nydri.
This text (extract) is cited December 2003 from the Lefkada Hoteliers Association tourist pamphlet (1998).
TILEVOIDES ISLANDS (Island complex) IONIAN ISLANDS
Taphiae and more anciently Teleboides, a number of small islands off the western coast of Greece, between Leucas and Acarnania (Plin. iv. 12. s. 19), also called the islands of the Taphii or Teleboae (Taphion, Teleboon nesoi, Strab. x. p. 459), who are frequently mentioned in the Homeric poems as pirates. (Od. xv. 427, xvi. 426.) When Athena visited Telemachus at Ithaca, she assumed the form of Mentes, the leader of the Taphians. (Od. i. 105.) The Taphians or Teleboans are celebrated in the legend of Amphitryon, and are said to have been subdued by this hero. (Herod. v. 59; Apollod. ii. 4. § § 6, 7; Strab. l. c.; Plaut. Amph. i. 1; Dict. of Biog. art. Amphitryon.) The principal island is called Taphos (Taphos) by Homer (Od. i. 417), and by later writers Taphius, Taphiussa, or Taphias (Taphious, Taphioussa, Taphias, Strab. l. e.; Plin. l. c.; Steph. B. s. v. Taphos), now Meganisi. The next largest island of the Taphii was Carnus, now Kalamo. (Scylax, p. 13; Steph. B. s. v.; Leake, Northern Greece, vol. iv. p. 16; Dodwell, vol. i. p. 60.) Stephanus B. mentions a town in Cephallenia, named Taphus, represented by the modern Tafio, where many ancient sepulchres are found. (Leake, Northern Greece, vol. iii. p. 67.)
This text is from: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854) (ed. William Smith, LLD). Cited September 2004 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks
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