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Bireme: The ancient ship of Samos (or Samaina)

Bireme, a ship with two rows of oars on each side, was the forerunner of the trireme, while it is considered the intermediate link in the evolution process between the penteconter and later designs. Biremes were built with thirty or fifty oars, while the dimensions of these ships vary: 18-22 …

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Samia Athletic Events (August 19, 1903)

In 19-21 August 1903, in Vathi Port, the Gymnastic Popular Club of Samos organized the Athletic Events called “Samia” in order to celebrate the anniversary of the enthronement of Abdul Hamid II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. The games were held in front of about 10.000 spectators in the newly …

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The tobacco factories in Samos during the early 19th century

During the late 19th and the early 20th century tobacco cultivation spread rapidly in the island of Samos. Samian tobacco were exported to the Greek cigarette factories in Egypt and in the markets of Europe, Africa and Asia, while as the same time local cigarette-making industry developed rapidly. In Vathi …

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The history of the Samian Wine-Making

One of the main sources of income for Samos comes from the cultivation of vines and the marketing of its products. Viticulture was, since antiquity, a very good and profitable economic activity although in ancient times the Samian wine was not as famous as it is today. According to mythology, …

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The “Wildcat under Glass” novel

“This animal you see in the picture, which you can also see in the Natural History Museum of Mytilini (www.nhma.gr), is the skin of a blood-thirsty feline, closely related to the tiger, known by the name “Kapllani” (Kaplan = The Turkish word for Tiger), found in Asia Minor. Some 130 …

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Samian warships during the 1821 War of Independence

We manage to find an amazing study, uploaded in the website of the General Lyceum of Samos. The study was made by the philologist Elpida Katsikogianni, who we praise for this fantastic upload. We publish it in our website, on the occasion of the March 25th National Holiday (March 25th …

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The leper-house: The Spinalonga of Samos

“You never became a celebrity. You didn’t have the same tourist specifications with Spinalonga. You were not an isolated island. You were just an isolated place to another island. Near Karlovasi, you hosted forgotten human souls, vain dreams, and unfulfilled hopes. You were another leper-house and as such everybody still …

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Samos airport history

Samos Airport The opening ceremony of the Samos Airport was held on June 23, 1963. At first only Douglas DC-3 (“Dakota”) commercial airplanes were used to transport passengers, three times a week (ticket cost was 380 drachmas!): 1948: A decision was made to find a suitable location and built the …

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Pythagoras Square and the Lion

Pythagoras Square and the Lion Pythagoras Square, located in the city of Samos, was at the epicenter of the city’s reconstruction process, which followed the two devastating fires of 1871, both of which turned the surrounding neighborhoods into ashes. Square’s fashioning began in 1864 under the planning and supervision of …

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Aristarchus of Samos: The Greek pioneer of the heliocentric system

From Aristarchus to Copernicus: New horizons in human though  Since the very early stages of human history, mankind tried to understand and explain its own existence, based on his knowledge and observations. Focusing attention on the numerous and impressive celestial phenomena, primitive man made his first evolutionary steps towards scientific approach …

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