Mythological Creation of Santorini

The mythological creation of Santorini Island, Cyclades Greece: According to an ancient Greek myth, Santorini was formed out of a miracle. The ancient Greeks had invented an imaginary story over the creation of Santorini island, a story that is connected to the Argonaut expedition. They said that Jason and his fellow companions were on their way home, they landed on Anaphe, a small island of the Aegean Sea.

There Euphemus saw a dream that he was making love to a nymph, the daughter of the sea god Triton, in particular. After making love, that woman told him that she got pregnant to his child and that her father would become angry if he knew that. That is why she needed a place to hide and give birth to her child. She then told Euphemus to get a clod of earth from Anaphe and throw it into the sea.

When Euphemus woke up, he decided to take the woman's advice and when they sailed, he indeed threw a clod of earth onto the open sea. Suddenly, as a miracle, an island emerged to provide a safe place for the pregnant nymph. Euphemus named this island either Calliste, which means the most beautiful, either Strogyli, due to its round shape. The son of Euphemus, who was born there, was named Theras and the island finally got his name, Thera.

Although this myth does not lack imagination, scientists believe that there is a scientific explanation behind this fable. After all, every single myth has an explanation and that is why there were created: to give an imaginary explanation to anything we do not logically understand. Therefore, if we observe this myth more carefully, we will see that there is a connection with the story about the volcanic creation of Santorini.

In particular, geologists believe that Santorini was created when a volcano erupted and caused an island to emerge, as happens usually with strong volcanic eruptions. It is suggested that this emergence was observed by the ancient Greeks and they created a nice story to explain this phenomenon, which was strange and inexplicable to them those times.

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