Wednesday, December 21, 2005


Lefteri Kaptan was from the island of Cephalonia

Kefalos depicted on a lekythus (480 BC)

Probably the name Kefalonia comes from a hero from Attica named Kefalos who fought on the island in about 5th century BC. The human presence on the island of kefalonia is dated to the Paleolithic period. During the Mycenaean period kefalonia was flourishing and the island had connections with neighboring Ithaca, Lefkada and even the far-off Cyclades. This communication was abruptly terminated in 1500 BC probably because of the great destruction caused by the eruption of the volcano on Santorini; it was restored two centuries later when the island began to flourish again. From the 11th century BC, until the end of the 7th century BC, there are few facts. In the next century the island became the Ionian Sea center for transit trade.

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