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Until now, it is not known for certain where the name of the city came from. According to one of the versions, the name Olynthos arose thanks to one legend – son of the Thracian king Strimon Olynthos died in a fight with a lion. In memory of him, his brother founded a city that was named in his honor.
According to the second version, the city got its name thanks to olinf – wild figs abounding in the area.
The history of the city is quite long and colorful – Olynthos was part of the Union of Athens and was the capital of Halkidiki. The city reached its heyday during the Peloponnesian War: refugees from all over Greece came here, at the same time they began to mint their own coins here.
Throughout its long history, the city was repeatedly destroyed. Finally, Olynthos was devastated by the Macedonians of King Philip the Second One-Eyed, who also turned all the surviving local residents into slaves.
Excavations of the city began about a hundred years ago, and at the end of the last century, residential houses of that the most ancient Olynthos.
Today Olynthos is an archaeological site protected by the Greek authorities. Of particular interest is the ancient sewerage and water supply system, which has survived to our time, and the pebble mosaics, striking in their beauty.
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Topic: City of Olynthos (Olynthos) in Greece, resort of Halkidiki.