Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece

The Volcanic Island of Nisyros

Nisyros is an island of Greece, which features one of the very few active volcanoes, where anyone can walk on its crater!

The Story behind Nisyros

The ancient Greeks believed that Nisyros was created during the legendary "Battle of the Giants", also known as “Gigantomachy”.

Gaea, the mother Earth, turned the Giants against the Olympians, but the Olympians chased the Giants away and they retreated frightened...

It was Poseidon's task to put the Giant Polyvotes out of sight, who, terrified, crossed the Aegean Sea to save his life. Poseidon caught up with him near the island of Kos. With his trident, he tore off a part from the island of Kos, slung it against Polyvotes and finally crushed the Giant and buried him beneath this spot. This part of Kos became the island of Nisyros.

The volcano was created at the spot where the mouth of the Giant was lying. Any time the volcano is active, it's by reason of Polyvotes, who sighs because he’s a prisoner.


Ancient Greek places