The name "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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Ancient Corinth

Corinth Canal Epidaurus
Mycenae Nauplion Olympia
Olympia Museum Tiryns

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