Greek Ministry of Culture: Port of ancient sea battle of Salamis discovered

Α Decrease font Enlarge font
Greek Ministry of Culture: Port of ancient sea battle of Salamis discoveredThe Greek Ministry of Culture announced that the location where the Greek naval forces had gathered before the historic sea battle of Salamis against Persians in 480 BC has been discovered

The Greek Ministry of Culture announced that the location where the Greek naval forces had gathered before the historic sea battle of Salamis against Persians in 480 BC has been discovered. 

The battle of Salamis is one of the most important battles in the history of Ancient Greece. It was a naval battle fought between an alliance of Greek city-states under Themistocles and the Persian Empire under King Xerxes in 480 BC which resulted in a decisive victory for the outnumbered Greeks. The battle was fought in the straits between the Attica mainland and Salamis, an island in the Saronic Gulf near Athens, and is deemed as the climax of the second Persian invasion of Greece.

The announcement clarified that the location was most likely the commercial as well as the navy port of the island of Salamis in the classical ancient Greek era, the largest and closest of the Athenian state, after the three ports of Piraeus Kantharos, Zea and Munichia.

The discovery came to light after ongoing archaeological search that started in November-December 2016 by team of 20 experts and scientists from several Greek universities and archaeological bodies and was funded by the British Horon Frost Foundation that supports Maritime Archaeology in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

“It is the commercial and probably war port of the classical and Hellenistic period of the city-state of Salamis”, the Ministry and added: “It is also the region where a portion of the united Greek navy had gathered on the eve of sea battle in 480 BC… It is the pool part of the united Greek fleet on the eve of the great battle of 480 BC, which is adjacent to the most important monuments of the Victory: the Polyandreion (tomb) of Salamis fighter and the Trophy on Kynosoura,” the statement says adding that “references to the ancient port of Salamis has been found in the works of geographers Skylakos (4th BC) and Stravon (1st BC-1st AD) as well as of traveler and geographer Pausanias (2nd AD)

The search also verified the existence of ancient artifacts submerged on the three sides (north, west and south) of the bay of Ambelakia. 

Some of the findings that came to light included port structures, fortifications and various other buildings

“Following aerial photography, photogrammentric processing, topographical and architectural documentation, the first visible map of the region came to surface”, the Minister underlined and also revealed that the investigation confirmed that the three sides of  Ambelakia Bay (north, west and south) kept submerged antiquities, which gradually sink and emerge due to changes of the sea level, which, especially in February, reach half a meter.

The findings include harbor structures, fortifications and various premises and are considered of major historical significance for archaeologists and fans of Ancient Greece.

Ancient Greek historian Herodotus recorded that there were 378 triremes in the Allied fleet. The Persian fleet initially numbered 1,207 triremes. However, by his reckoning they lost approximately a third of these ships in a storm off the coast of Magnesia, 200 more in a storm off the coast of Euboea, and at least 50 ships to Allied action at the Battle of Artemisium.

Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: The Department of History, United States Military Academy License: CC-BY-SA

RELATED TOPICS: GreeceGreek tourism newsTourism in GreeceGreek islandsHotels in GreeceTravel to GreeceGreek destinations Greek travel marketGreek tourism statisticsGreek tourism report

 

Tornos
  1. 22/02 01:17

    Greek Tourism Confederation SETE President continues meetings in Brussels

  2. 22/02 01:00

    Air Animal: Business or Economy Class for your pet? - Check the price list

  3. 22/02 00:48

    Media: Online travel giant Priceline changes name to Booking Holdings

  4. 22/02 00:43

    Marina with capacity of 1,000 vessels and a hotel approved in Heraklion, Crete

  5. 22/02 00:09

    Conde Nast Traveler: Three Greek resorts among Best Beach Hotels in Europe

  6. 21/02 23:45

    German tourism: "Lift-off" for Greece with +41% in early bookings during 2018 season

  7. 21/02 23:22

    Event on antiquities unearthed during excavations for Thessaloniki metro

  8. 21/02 23:18

    Greek Notary Association president: Nationwide e-auctions after February 28

  9. 21/02 23:11

    Philip’s ancient palace at Aigai in northern Greece to open in May

  10. 21/02 23:07

    Central Bank: More than 27 million tourists visited Greece in 2017

  11. 21/02 22:49

    Row over Piraeus port master plan leads to extension for deliberation

  12. 21/02 22:45

    UN and Greece's southern Aegean region to protect marine environment

  13. 21/02 22:35

    Report: Amazing film on Athens goes online

  14. 21/02 20:30

    Bear cub placed on internet sale rescued by Arcturos in Greece

  15. 21/02 19:57

    Media: Last legal obstacle for Helleniko project to be cleared this month

  16. 21/02 19:46

    Kuoni: Demand for holidays in Greece soars in 2018 - the top experiences & hotels

  17. 21/02 19:16

    7,000 year old enigma on rare exhibit at National Archaeological Museum in Athens (video)

  18. 21/02 18:44

    Thessaloniki Metro dig reveals headless Aphrodite statue among 300,000 Ancient Greek finds

  19. 21/02 12:52

    EasyJet to launch three more flights to and from Greece for summer 2018

  20. 21/02 10:48

    Air France: Strike disruptions to hit flights on Feb. 22

  21. 21/02 02:55

    Georgian Airways: New connection from Tbilisi to Thessaloniki

  22. 21/02 02:45

    Credit ratings for all companies and individuals operating in Greece

  23. 21/02 02:38

    Helleniko investment and e-auctions bump Greece's bailout tranche for March

  24. 21/02 02:34

    Greek banks ask for auction property assets tax exemption

  25. 21/02 02:24

    More new hotels replacing older and lower quality units across Greece

  26. 21/02 02:03

    Giant “Beluga” plane lands at Athens International Airport

  27. 21/02 01:47

    Tourist arrivals in Cyprus increase during January by 21.2%

  28. 21/02 01:36

    One of Europe’s most exotic landscapes located on Crete island in Greece

  29. 21/02 01:24

    Clean Monday customs and traditions turn Greece into giant party (video)

  30. 21/02 01:10

    Greek tourism revenues up in December

  31. 20/02 20:15

    Greek Carnival celebrations in Galaxidi get a little flour power (video)

  32. 20/02 18:44

    Athens to become World Book Capital for 2018

  33. 20/02 14:29

    Longest Balkan railway tunnel opens in central Greece (video)

  34. 20/02 12:23

    Greek gastronomy tours 15 countries through Sympossio

  35. 20/02 10:10

    Report: Why Greek honey is best in the world

  36. 19/02 23:29

    Kite-flying show and Clean Monday feast at horse-racing track in Markopoulo

  37. 18/02 22:57

    Greece's Kalohori Lagoon at photo exhibition for World Wetlands Day

  38. 18/02 22:50

    Visit Greece: Northern city of Veria offers 2.500 years of history

  39. 18/02 22:46

    Weather not helping as Attica municipalities plan Clean Monday celebration

  40. 18/02 22:42

    Greek wine exports soar attracting world’s attention

  41. 18/02 22:37

    Patras Carnival Grand Parade concludes in riot of sound and colours (video)

  42. 18/02 22:13

    Classic ancient Greek trials at National Hellenic Museum in Chicago (video)

  43. 18/02 22:07

    Greek American professionals host US tax reform panel discussion

  44. 18/02 22:02

    President Pavlopoulos: Olive tree symbolizes Greek civilization through the ages

  45. 18/02 21:40

    New Diving Park given green light in Chania on the Greek island of Crete

  46. 18/02 18:55

    IMTM 2018: Thessaloniki is a preferred destination by Israeli tourists

  47. 18/02 16:29

    Hellenic Responsible Business Awards for 2018 announced

  48. 18/02 14:13

    Thessaloniki in National Geographic Food as Greek capital of gastronomy

  49. 18/02 12:08

    Airbnb to launch new tier of select hotel-like properties

  50. 18/02 10:39

    European tourism: Strong growth in house rentals until 2022 forecast byTechnavio

  51. 17/02 18:48

    Spokesperson Gerry Rice: IMF’s mission is a debt relief for Greece

  52. 17/02 18:43

    British ambassador to bring more UK companies in Greece for investment

  53. 17/02 18:37

    Two clubs on Mykonos and Rhodes islands among the 100 best in the world

  54. 17/02 18:31

    Nine groups show interest in northern Greece's Egnatia Odos management

  55. 17/02 18:27

    Ambassador Ben-Abba: Great improvement in Greek-Israeli tourism relations

  56. 17/02 18:23

    Two binding offers for majority stake in Greek gas transmission operator

  57. 17/02 18:19

    Fitch upgrades Greece's credit rating from B- to B

  58. 17/02 18:11

    Greek residential prices continue to drop in 2017, but slower than in 2016

  59. 17/02 18:04

    Global olive oil competition shows Greece as top producer

  60. 17/02 17:40

    Patras hotels occupancy at 90% as Carnival 2018 concludes with Grand Parade on Sunday

  61. 17/02 17:18

    Wyndham sells European rentals arm to Platinum for $1.3 billion

  62. 17/02 17:08

    Where did Russian tourists travel in 2017

  63. 17/02 16:56

    Five women from Rhodes fight for repatriation of Parthenon Marbles

  64. 17/02 14:57

    TUI: Greek hotels prevail in new Small & Friendly collection

  65. 17/02 10:38

    Tour operator Thomas Cook returns to Tunisia this year

  66. 16/02 22:20

    Celebrating Apokries in Greece: Costumes, music and dance

  67. 16/02 22:10

    Bribery scandal rocks international RIU hotel chain in Miami

  68. 16/02 22:01

    Hotels: Zeus International undertakes management of the Hilton in Milan

  69. 16/02 21:57

    Travelgenio signs new multi-year partnership agreement with Travelport

  70. 16/02 21:53

    Greek state budget records primary surplus of 2.7 billion euros in January

  71. 16/02 21:48

    Greece's trade balance widens in 2017 as exports and imports grow

  72. 16/02 21:44

    Greek merchant shipping fleet grows again in numbers during December

  73. 16/02 21:35

    Chinese New Year: World’s largest human travel has started

  74. 16/02 21:20

    Hydrocarbon exploration to focus on region south of Crete island in Greece

  75. 16/02 21:12

    Greek-Chinese group express interest in Egnatia Road tender

  76. 16/02 21:04

    Thessaloniki Documentary Festival turns 20 amid fake news onslaught

  77. 16/02 20:57

    Naxos island and Small Cyclades presented at BIT 2018 show in Milan

  78. 16/02 19:48

    Media: Greek banks to further ease capital controls in next few days

  79. 16/02 19:42

    President of Ireland to visit Greece on between February 22-23

  80. 16/02 19:33

    Greek War of Independence treasures in Athens National Historical Museum

  81. 16/02 19:26

    Increased traffic measures for mass exodus of Clean Monday holiday in Greece

  82. 16/02 19:20

    Report: Greeks celebrated Valentine's Day by exchanging books

  83. 16/02 19:13

    Markets, bakeries and food shops to stay open until midday in Greece on Clean Monday

  84. 16/02 19:09

    Visit the archaeological site of Cape Sounio near Athens, Greece

  85. 16/02 19:03

    Tourist arrivals from India to Greece expected to rise in 2018

  86. 16/02 18:52

    Pending EU approval for Athens airport concession extension delays selling of shares

  87. 16/02 16:48

    Greek Tourism Secretary-General points to investment opportunities in the sector

  88. 16/02 14:34

    Twitter: Fans want Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt reunion after their divorces

  89. 16/02 12:28

    8th UNWTO Meeting on Silk Road Tourism in Thessaloniki in October

  90. 16/02 10:13

    Intriguing discoveries at Vryokastro ancient sanctuary on Kythnos island

  91. 15/02 22:37

    87% of Ryanair flights arrived on time in January

  92. 15/02 22:29

    Most popular Greek hotels of German holidaymakers

  93. 15/02 22:20

    German tourism: Two-digit increase in summer bookings during January

  94. 15/02 22:11

    Smartwings: Two new connections from France to Rhodes in 2018

  95. 15/02 21:00

    German tourism turns to Greece, Turkey and Egypt as demand for Spain drops

  96. 15/02 20:53

    Aegean: All international destinations with up to 35% off

  97. 15/02 20:44

    Mykonos among the 10 best solo travel destinations for women

  98. 15/02 20:12

    Cobalt Air: New flight connection from Düsseldorf to Larnaca

  99. 15/02 20:07

    Bank of Greece head takes part in World Bank- IMF meeting on climate change

  100. 15/02 19:54

    Greek water bottling company Zaros' turnover grew by 6.3% due to exports