Port of SalamisTown of Salamis

The ancient city of Salamis, south-west of Athens on the island of Salamina, has always been closely tied to the fate of Athens. In 480 BC, Greece’s small naval fleet won a decisive victory over the massive Persian fleet just off the island’s coast. This Greek victory was singularly responsible for halting Persian King Xerxes’ planned invasion of Europe.

The victory relied on a clever ploy by Themistocles, who drew the large, cumbersome Persian ships into the narrow passage of Salamis, making them easy prey for the smaller, more agile Greek ships. Today, Salamis is the most densely populated island in Greece, with a vibrant commercial and residential life and some of the most important archaeological attractions in Attica.


Additional Info

Name: Salamis
Area: Salamina

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