Megaris

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This is also the ancient Greek name of a small island off Naples, site of the Castel dell'Ovo.

Megaris
Μεγαρίς

Region of Ancient Greece

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Pediment of the treasury of Megara, Museum of Olympia
 
Location: Central Greece
Major cities: Megara
Dialects: Doric
Key periods:
 
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Map showing Megaris in relation to other regions
Map of ancient Megaris.

Megaris (Ancient Greek: Μεγαρίς) was a small but populous state of ancient Greece, west of Attica and north of Corinthia, whose inhabitants were adventurous seafarers, credited with deceitful propensities. The capital, Megara, famous for white marble and fine clay, was the birthplace of Euclid. Mount Geraneia dominates the center of the region. The island of Salamis was originally under the control of Megara, before it was lost to Athens in the late 7th century BCE.

Province[edit]

The province of Megaris or Megarida (Greek: Επαρχία Μεγαρίδας or Μεγαρίδα) was one of the provinces of the East Attica Prefecture. Its territory corresponded with that of the current municipalities Aspropyrgos, Eleusis, Mandra-Eidyllia and Megara.[1] It was abolished in 2006.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Detailed census results 1991 PDF (39 MB) (Greek) (French)

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