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An area symbolic of the bucolic life, and which until recent centuries, inspired writers, poets and artists.

According to mythology, Pan,the goat-legged son of Hermes and god of fertility, was of Arcadian descent and had his own sanctuary in Lykosoura, where the nymph Erato interpreted the oracles. It was here that he chased Syrinx, the young daughter of the Ladonas River, who became scared and asked Zeus to save her. He did so by turning her into reeds. Pan, full of remorse for breaking the body of the object of his desire with his own hands, joined the reeds together to make a set of pipes, which he kept with him forever, and bear his name to this day, ‘Pan pipes’.

 

 

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Another myth tells of the famous heroine Atalanta, who grew up in Arcadia, raised by bears and hunters. Beautiful, tough and an unrivalled hunter, it was she who inflicted the death blow to the Calydonian Boar, whose carcass was then kept at the temple of Athena Alea in Arcadian Tegea.

However, the most sacred place in Arcadia, was Mount Lykaio, where Zeus struck Lycaon, the son of Pelasgus, with a bolt of lightning. Lykaio means ‘he who shines’, and it was there that the people built an altar to Zeus to appease him.

In this fresh mountain landscape, Arcadia gave birth to the myths that personified nature and her various expressions.

 

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Ancient Lykosoura

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On one side of the archaeological triangle with the top of Mount Lykaio is Lykosoura. Ancient Lykosoura is considered to be the oldest city in Arcadia, and as Pausanias mentions in Arcadians, it was the first city to be built in the world on mainland and islands, the first city to be seen by the sun. The inhabitants of this city gave the first lights to the rest of the people about how a city is built and fortified.

It was founded by Lycaona, who was the originator of the Arcadians and was the seat of the kings of Arcadia. It was famous for the sanctuary of Despina, daughter of Poseidon and Demeter. It was a temple of the 4th century BC. century, Doric temple with pronaos and celts.

There was a colossal statue of Damofonta of Messinius, a complex of Demeter, Despina, Artemis and Anitos, pieces of which are present in the museum of Lykosoura, while the base of the statue is preserved inside the temple.

Apart from this temple, there were also the temples of Athena, Panas, as well as other buildings (fountains, water reservoir, long gallery, Megaron), as was evident in the excavations made by the Archaeological Society.

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