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Name of Leucas[edit]

Not Lefkada, but Leucada (in modern Greek) and Leucas (in ancient Greek).

In Greek, leucus = white, Leuce (or leucas) = white (femine)

--IonnKorr 16:04, 31 October 2005 (UTC)

As these are both transliterations, neither can be considered incorrect. The first is more phonetic (though the "d" (delta) in Modern Greek has the sound of voiced "th" in English (as in "then"). "Eu" (epsilon upsilon) is pronounced "ef" before a voiceless consonant (as in this case), "ev" otherwise. "K" or "c" stands for Greek "kappa," from which the letter "k" originates. As far as correspondence of letters between the alphabets is concerned, the most "accurate" transliteration would be "Leukada." 03:07, 4 January 2007 (UTC)

Nidri is not a island but a tourist resort town on the south east coast of Lefkada and the ancient findings were indeed 1.5 km outside Nidri. Nevertheless it is not historically established as the whereabouts of the ancient Ithaki town, according to other theories it could even be located on the island of Meganisi east of the Nidri bay next to the Onasis family's island of Scorpios. There is no island located on the south west side of Lefkada.

Lefkada Island vs. Lefkada Prefecture[edit]

I think that we should distinguish between the two. They are not the same; the prefecture includes the municipality/communities of Meganisi, Kalamos, and Kastos, which are on separate islands. Backspace 10:51, 21 September 2007 (UTC)

Natural or artificial island?[edit]

Lefkada was attached to mainland Greece (see above about Homer's Ithaca being Lefkada). The Corinthians dug a trench in the 7th century BC on its isthmus.

I've read somewhere that this was the source of a huge academic controversy at the start of the twentieth century, largely stemming from opponents of Dörpfeld's suggestion that Lefkada was Homer's Ithaca with the counter-argument that Lefkada wasn't an island at the time. And this resulted in historians, archaeologists, geographers, geologists and hydrographers analysing both the written histories and also the channel itself, with one camp arguing the channel was narrow albeit prone to silting that led to it needing to be manually cleared (hence the references in the histories to such a severing) and the other arguing Lefkada was turned into an island by the inhabitants. The controversy was probably prolonged for longer than need be by Dörpfeld's long life, but my recollection is the lasting consensus was on the natural side.

Is there any clear modern source on this one way or the other? Timrollpickering (talk) 22:41, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

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No consensus to move. Vegaswikian (talk) 23:39, 24 September 2011 (UTC)

LefkadaLeucas – per WP:COMMONNAME & WP:USEENGLISH. Leucas is not only one of the historical names, but also today's common name of this island in English language like Cologne, Munich, Prague, Turin, Milan, Corfu, Cephalonia etc.

According to Books Ngram Viewer, Leucas is most common. (1. Leucas > 2. Leucadia > 3. Leukas > 4. Lefkas > 5. Lefkada) Takabeg (talk) 03:13, 13 September 2011 (UTC)

-- Takabeg (talk) 03:13, 13 September 2011 (UTC)

Oppose Leucas is the Katharevousa name that is hardly ever used today. Athenean (talk) 03:02, 22 September 2011 (UTC)

Oppose "Lefkada" is the word used in scholar works--Dia^ (talk) 10:00, 22 September 2011 (UTC)

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