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Mount Erymanthos[1](Greek: Ερύμανθος}}, Latin: Erymanthus, also Olonos (Ωλονός)) is a mountain range in the southern part of Achaea and the northeastern part of Elis, Greece. Historically it was in northwestern Arcadia and was the second tallest mountain in the region. It is the fourth tallest mountain in the Peloponnese peninsula with an elevation of 2,224 m. The summit is located on the boundary of Achaea and Elis.

History

In ancient times, it was famous as the residence of the Erymanthian Boar. In Greek mythology, the king of Arcadia, Lycaon, had a boar that was named Erymanthus, after the mountain. Heracles (Hercules) captured the Erymanthian Boar and brought it back to Eurystheus as one of his twelve labors.

Between the Byzantine era and the Greek War of Independence, several villages were founded near the mountain, including Skiada and Oreino. After World War II and the Greek Civil War, most villages were rebuilt. On February 5, 2008, the mountain was shaken by two earthquakes measuring at 5.5 on the Richter scale. The epicenter of the first was located in Chalandritsa, the other in Farres, outside the range.

References

  1. 37°58′N 21°50′E / 37.967°N 21.833°E / 37.967; 21.833

This article incorporates texts from the Greek language online encyclopedia livepedia.gr which is published under the GFDL.

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