Therasia

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Therasia
Θηρασία
Thirassia.JPG
Therasia is located in Greece
Therasia
Geography
Coordinates 36°26′N 25°20′E / 36.43°N 25.33°E / 36.43; 25.33Coordinates: 36°26′N 25°20′E / 36.43°N 25.33°E / 36.43; 25.33
Archipelago Cyclades
Area 9.3 km2 (3.6 sq mi)
Country
Greece
Region South Aegean
Regional unit Thira
Demographics
Population 268 (as of 2001)
Density 29 /km2 (75 /sq mi)

Therasia, also known as Thirasía (Greek: Θηρασία), is an island in the volcanic island group of Santorini in the Greek Cyclades. It lies north-west of Nea Kameni, a small island formed in recent centuries by volcanic activity and thus marking the centre of the island group. Therasia is the second largest island of the group, the largest by far being Thera.

Therasia has a land area of 9.299 square kilometres (3.590 sq mi) and its population was 268 inhabitants at the 2001 census. It is part of the community of Oia (Κοινότητα Οίας).

Thera and Therasia were separated by the Thera eruption.

At Knossos, in a LMIIIA context (14th century BC), seven Linear B texts while calling upon "all the gods" make sure to grant primacy to an elsewhere-unattested entity called qe-ra-si-ja and, once, qe-ra-si-jo. However this probably refers to a god or a person rather than to an island *Qherasia > Therasia.[1]

Thirasia is also the book of Greek poet Dimitris Varos that became a music album and theatrical performance by Greek composer Giannis Markopoulos under the title Daring Communication - Electric Theseus.

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