- Published on Monday, 18 June 2012 23:49
- Written by Angelos Giorgis
The ancient writers gave the island nameS like: "Aethria" (for the patio of the sky), "Herii" (for its cool summers breeze), "Gold" (because it has gold), "Coast of Demeter" (for many and excellent fruits), "Idonis" or "Odonis" (from Hedoni Thracians).
The "Thassos" probably came from the word "forest" (because the island had forests from the ancient times), with the conversion of D to H (conversion had been done in other words).
Others point out the similarity of the name "Thassos" with weather words like Ace, Kasos. Also, some argue that Thasos took its name from Thasso, the son of Poseidon. The prevalent and the most accepted view is that Thassos was named by the phoenician Thasso, as confirmed by Herodotus: "These mines are those found when the Phoenicians colonized the island of Thassos, and now the island its called Thassos from him."