A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Askeplion, Kos

The 3C BC temple at Askeplion on Kos sits on the side of a hill overlooking Kos town about 8 kilometres away. Asclepius was the Greek god of medicine whose attribute was a snake that he would release while his patients were asleep. The snake would lick the patients and a recovery was made. In Greek mythology and religion, he was descended from Apol…

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Stymphalian Birds

It occured  to me after doing some research into an earlier post on tesserae  in Kos that the mosaics surrounding the main floor may well be depicting the 12 labours of Heracles. The man on horse back pursuing a large bird could be a Stymphalian bird and Heracles's sixth labour. The information board was bare. The Stymphalian birds were also kn…

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A stone tessera panel in a large floor of a Roman house in Kos town. This must be at least 2000 years old and to me looks suspiciously like a chukar! There are scenes of hunting all around the floor. Other scenes show a man hunting wild boar, now long extinct on Greek islands and a man on horse back pursuing a large bird, possibly an ostrich. Thes…

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