Aeolus (Aeolia)

'Then to the Aeolian isle we came, where dwelt Aeolus, son of Hippotas, dear to the immortal gods, in a floating island, and all around it is a wall of unbreakable bronze, and the cliff runs up sheer.'

Odyssey x.1ff. (online text: Eng., Grk.)

Ancient Localizations

Thucydides 3.88 (online text: Eng., Grk.)
"The Athenians and Rhegians that were now in Sicily made war the same winter on the islands called the islands of Aeolus with thirty galleys. For in summer it was impossible to war upon them for the shallowness of the water. [2] These islands are inhabited by the Liparaeans who are a colony of the Cnidians and dwell in one of the same islands, no great one, called Lipara; and thence they go forth and husband the rest which are Didyme, Strongyle, and Hiera."
Polybius Histories 34.2 (online text: Eng., Grk.)
"For instance, Aeolus, who taught the way of getting through the straits, where there are currents setting both ways, and the passage is rendered difficult by the indraught of the sea, came to be called and regarded as the dispenser and king of the winds;..."
Ovid Metamorphoses 14.223 (online text: Eng., Lat.)
"Then Macareus told him of Aeolus, / the son of Hippotas, whose kingdom is / the Tuscan sea..."
Strabo 1.2.9 (online text: Eng., Grk.)
"Homer's narrative is founded on history. He tells us that king Aeolus governed the Lipari Islands, that around Mount Aetna and Leontini dwelt the Cyclopae..."
Strabo 6.1.5 (online text: Eng., Grk.)
"Off this coast lie the islands of the Liparaei, at a distance of two hundred stadia from the Strait. According to some, they are the islands of Aeolus, of whom the poet makes mention in the Odyssey."
Pausanias 10.11.3 (online text: Eng., Grk.)
"...[the People of Lipara] built a city on Cape Pachynum in Sicily, but were hard pressed in a war with the Elymi and Phoenicians, and driven out, but occupied the islands, from which they expelled the inhabitants if they were not still uninhabited, still called, as they are called by Homer,1 the Islands of Aeolus."


Lipari (Aeolian) Islands

Stromboli, Lipari Islands


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