History of Edipsos

The area of ​​Edipsos has a special place in mythology. The goddess
Athena asked the god of fire, Hephaestus, to uncover
warm waters of the earth, water to be relaxing, water to cure, so the
protege of the legendary hero Hercules comes to be
rest after each task. The god Hephaestus is not broke
sake of his beloved sister. Struck with the hammer of the divine
bowels of the earth and immediately sparked the hot mineral springs.

According to legend, those who first settled in Euboea and
Ancient Edipsos Curetes were brought to the worship of Zeus.
In honor of the church built, which in it and raise the Jupiter
became the prison.

After the Curetes came the avant who dominated the island of Evia. The
Edipsos participated in Istiaia Dion or the fall of Troy.

The geographer Strabo (63 BC – AD 24) characterizes the sources of
Baths as Ellopikes, from Ellopia, son of Ion, who took
throughout the region with the rest of Velar.
The philosopher Aristotle (384 to 322 BC), the weather forecasters in
reference to the sources of the Baths, says that the sea
forming underground rivers and from this cause were created
thermal baths of Edipsos.

The area from the oldest times was known for
chalkourgeia and perhaps this explains why among the very few
cities had their own currency. This coin, which says
King Ferraios the Charter, had engraved on one side of crab
and the other a fish, symbolizing the marine wealth of the region.

The St. Byzantium refers to copper mines near Evia
and the famous «aidipsikon sword.»

The historian Plutarch (50 – 125 AD) describes the social life
that had developed in the region, the ideal city
and the fun, and brilliant diet with plenty of fish
and birds. The historian also mentions that on Evia
more than four centuries, from King Antigonus of Macedonia
by Roman emperors and produced Gordiano flourished.

According to a local tradition, Leipzig (ancient name of
Edipsos) was only the biblical Sodom and Gomorrah, the city of
sin, because of the sinful life passing visitors
there, even delivered their destruction after
vouliagma flipping and the earth, and their subsequent
appearance of hot water.

Prehistory and Historical Times:

The habitation of the area began Edipsos Centuries ago the
installed around the hot springs and the emergence of the region
for hydrotherapy.

The heyday of the time placed in the Roman era. From the late third or early fourth century BC, Evia was a separate municipality. The last peak located
the 5th and 6th century BC the years of Emperor Theodosius and Justinian. The region witnessed the prosperity of mainly during imperial times, particularly
the second AD century. Use of the baths did the Roman general Sulla.

According to the historian Plutarch, Sulla when the health problems came at the Spa. Today ruins of baths, which bear the name «Baths of Sulla.»

The city found pedestals of statues of Constantine the Great
Byzantium and the Emperor Theodosius.

With the triumph of Christianity, began to leave
The spa, which was associated with Roman manners and a
pagan custom. The population was concentrated in the hinterland,
in Agia Paraskevi, near the present village of
Edipsos, not only to avoid the place of debauchery and
the invasions of the Slavs, Arabs and pirates.

In modern times, the tourist face of Aedipsos is a fact.
Famous owners industrialists, politicians and artists to visit. Here passed relaxation of politics, art and wealth, as Eleftherios Venizelos, Marika Kotopouli, Kostis Palamas. , Churchill, Aristotle Onassis, Greta Garbo, Maria Callas and others spend hours relaxing accommodation and entertainment, while the writer Menelaos Loudemis spent his adolescence here, working, and writing his play «Goodnight Life».


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