Worldbuilding: Dendra, Ermioni, and Troezenon November 5, 2012 at 5:14 pm
If some of the other regions I mapped out for my ancient Greece setting seemed obscure, then this region should take the cake. Information about some of these places was so hard to find, I’ll probably wind up making lots of changes over the next who-knows-how-long while I pry more mythology out of various archives.
The Argolid is a region named for the city of Argos. In mythology, it spent a good deal of time under the thumb of Argos, Mycenae, and several other city-states that I mentioned, and I think some of its regional mythology may have been absorbed into the legends of other areas as a result. Epidaurus and Troezen are notable examples.
Epidaurus was, according to myth, the birthplace of the legendary healer Asclepius. As the favored son of Apollo, his contributions include Greek myths about resurrections and whatnot, and when Zeus decided this wasn’t a good thing for mortals to have, he smote Ascelpius with a thunderbolt. Apollo was not pleased.
Apollo slew the giants who forged Zeus’s thunderbolts in revenge for the taking of his son’s life, and Zeus turned around and made Apollo indentured to a mortal king as punishment. There was more to do with the aftermath of Asclepius’s death than his life. He also gave us the Rod of Asclepius, which is still a symbol of healing today.
Dendra is where one of the oldest suits of full-body armor was unearthed, called the Dendra Panoply. It’s dated between the 11th and 16th centuries BCE. The armor suggests that the technology existed to create others, though these were probably re-used and worn out, melted down, reforged, and used to make other objects.
Troezen appears in myths, and the Achaeans made port at Asine on their way to (from?) the Trojan War. Most of the villages, towns, and cities appear in one form or another in mythology, but as mentioned before, I will probably have to revise these a few times before I get everything “just right.” (For my purposes anyway.)