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Anafi and the Argonauts

Anafi is a small island of the Cyclades, located east of the famous island Santorini.

According to ancient Greek mythology, when the Argonauts were returning from Colchis to their homeland, they fell into a storm in the middle of the night and drifted at sea. Shipwrecked, the Argonauts desperately began to beg god Apollo to save them. Apollo, responding to their calls, cast light in the form of lightning on the sea and the Argonauts saw a whole island emerging in front of them, which they managed to reach.

Once there, the Argonauts erected an altar in honor of Apollo "Aiglites" (= the shining) and named the island Anafi (from the verb "anafeno": to emerge).

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