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Welcome to the Region of Western Greece

According to the traditions of Elis, Cronos was the first ruler of the country, and in the golden age there was a temple dedicated to him at Olympia. Rhea, it is further said, entrusted the infant Zeus to the Idaean Dactyls, who were also called Curetes, and had come from mount Ida in Crete to Elis. Heracles, one of them, contended with his brother Dactyls in a footrace, and adorned the victor with a wreath of olive. In this manner he is said to have founded the Olympian games, and Zeus to have contended with Cronos for the kingdom of Elis.


-Pausanias, Descriptions of Greece [5.7.6] -


The land between Elis and Sicyonia, reaching down to the eastern sea, is now called Achaia after the inhabitants, but of old was called Aegialus and those who lived in it Aegialians. According to the Sicyonians the name is derived from Aegialeus, who was king in what is now Sicyonia; others say that it is from the land, the greater part of which is coast.

- Pausanias, Descriptions of Greece [7.1.1] -


Next comes the mouth of the Gulf of Ambrakia . . . That part of the country which is on the right as one sails in is inhabited by the Greek Akarnanians. Here too, near the mouth, is the sacred precinct of Apollon Aktios-a hill on which the temple stands; and at the foot of the hill is a plain which contains a sacred grove....

- Strabo, Geography [7.7.6] -

Lands of sacred Olympia, uniting three provinces full of mysteries, legends and emotions

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