"Peloponnese" means "island of Peplos",
who in legend was fed to the gods by his father, Tantalos.
Resurrected, he went on to sire the Atreid line of kings,
whose semi mythical adventures and brooding citadels were
given substance by the discovery of ruins at Mycenae. In the
west lies ancient Olympia, the athletic and religious nexus
of the ancient world and inspiration for the games' revival
in modern times. Traces of the Peloponnese's 3,500 year
history - crumbling Bronze Age citadels, Greek and Roman
temples and theaters, and the fortresses, churches and
mosques of the Byzantines, Franks, Venetians and Turks -
attest to the regions rich history. One of the primary
strongholds and battlefields of the 1821-31 revolution, the Peloponnese
is the kernel from which the modern Greek state grew. This
enormous peninsula falls short of being an island by the
mere 6 km (4 mile) width of the Corinth isthmus that links
it to Attica.
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