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or Cos (English: /kɒs/ or /kɔːs/) (Greek: Κως, Greek pronunciation: [kos]) is a Greek island, part of the Dodecanese island chain in the southeastern Aegean Sea, off the Anatolian coast of Turkey. Kos
is the third largest island of the Dodecanese
by area, after Rhodes
and Karpathos; it has a population of 33,388 (2011 census), making it the second most populous of the Dodecanese, after Rhodes.[1] The island measures 40 by 8 kilometres (25 by 5 miles), and is 4 km (2 miles) from the coast of the ancient region of Caria in Turkey. Administratively, Kos
constitutes a municipality within the Kos
regional unit, which is part of the South Aegean
South Aegean
region. The principal town of the island and seat of the municipality is Kos town.[2]


1 Name 2 Geography 3 Municipality 4 Economy 5 History 6 Geology 7 Demographics

7.1 Turkish population 7.2 Religion

8 Landmarks

8.1 Castles 8.2 Ancient Agora

9 Culture 10 Notable people 11 In popular culture 12 See also 13 References 14 External links

Name[edit] The name Kos
(Ancient Greek: Κῶς, genitive Κῶ)[3] is first attested in the Iliad, and has been in continuous use since. Other ancient names include Meropis, Cea,[4] and Nymphaea.[5] In many Romance languages, Kos
was formerly known as Stancho, Stanchio, or Stinco, and in Ottoman and modern Turkish it is known as İstanköy, all from the reinterpretation of the Greek expression εις την Κω 'to Kos';[6] cf. the similar Istanbul, and Stimpoli, Crete. Under the rule of the Knights Hospitaller
Knights Hospitaller
of Rhodes, it was known as Lango or Langò, presumably because of its length.[7][8] In The Travels of Sir John Mandeville, the author misunderstands this and treats Lango and Kos
as distinct islands.[9] In Italian, the island is known as Coo. A person from Kos
is called a "Koan" in English. The word is also an adjective, as in "Koan goods".[10] Geography[edit] Kos
is in the Aegean Sea. Its coastline is 112 kilometres (70 miles) long and it extends from west to east. In addition to the main town and port, also called Kos, the main villages of Kos
island are Kardamena, Kefalos, Tingaki, Antimachia, Mastihari, Marmari and Pyli. Smaller ones are Zia, Zipari, Platani, Lagoudi and Asfendiou. Municipality[edit] The present municipality of Kos
was created in 2011 with the merger of three municipalities, which became municipal units:[2]

Dikaios Irakleides Kos

The municipality has an area of 290.313 km2, the municipal unit 67.200 km2.[11] Economy[edit] Tourism is the main industry in Kos,[citation needed] the island's beaches being the primary attraction. The main port and population centre on the island, Kos
town, is also the tourist and cultural centre, with whitewashed buildings including many hotels, restaurants and a number of nightclubs forming the Kos
town "barstreet". The seaside village of Kardamena
is a popular resort for young holidaymakers (primarily from the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and Scandinavia) and has a large number of bars and nightclubs. Farming is the second principal occupation, with the main crops being grapes, almonds, figs, olives, and tomatoes, along with wheat and corn.[citation needed] Cos lettuce may be grown here, but the name is unrelated. History[edit] Further information: Ancient Greece, Roman Greece, Byzantine Greece, Knights Hospitaller, Ottoman Greece, and Italian Islands of the Aegean

An Ancient Roman
Ancient Roman
mosaic depicting the Abduction of Europa in the House of Europa in the Western Archaeological Zone of Kos

View of the Asclepeion

Ruins of the Ancient Gymnasion

View of the ancient Odeon

Map of Kos
by Olfert Dapper, Amsterdam, 1702

Nerantzia Castle (Hospitalier period)

In Homer's Iliad, a contingent of Koans fought for the Greeks in the Trojan War.[12] In classical mythology the founder-king of Kos
was Merops, hence "Meropian Kos" is included in the archaic Delian amphictyony listed in the 7th-century Homeric hymn to Delian Apollo; the island was visited by Heracles.[13] The island was originally colonised by the Carians. The Dorians invaded it in the 11th century BC, establishing a Dorian colony with a large contingent of settlers from Epidaurus, whose Asclepius
cult made their new home famous for its sanatoria. The other chief sources of the island's wealth lay in its wines and, in later days, in its silk manufacture.[14] Its early history–as part of the religious-political amphictyony that included Lindos, Kamiros, Ialysos, Cnidus
and Halicarnassus, the Dorian Hexapolis (hexapolis means six cities in Greek),[15]–is obscure. At the end of the 6th century, Kos
fell under Achaemenid domination but rebelled after the Greek victory at the Battle of Mycale in 479. During the Greco-Persian Wars, before it twice expelled the Persians, it was ruled by Persian-appointed tyrants, but as a rule it seems to have been under oligarchic government. In the 5th century, it joined the Delian League, and, after the revolt of Rhodes, it served as the chief Athenian station in the south-eastern Aegean (411–407). In 366 BC, a democracy was instituted. In 366 BC, the capital was transferred from Astypalaia
(at the west end of the island near the modern village of Kefalos) to the newly built town of Kos, laid out in a Hippodamian
grid. After helping to weaken Athenian power, in the Social War (357-355 BC), it fell for a few years to the king Mausolus
of Caria. Proximity to the east gave the island first access to imported silk thread. Aristotle
mentions silk weaving conducted by the women of the island.[16] Silk production of garments was conducted in large factories by women slaves.[17] In the Hellenistic period, Kos
attained the zenith of its prosperity. Its alliance was valued by the Ptolemaic kings of Egypt, who used it as a naval outpost to oversee the Aegean. As a seat of learning, it arose as a provincial branch of the museum of Alexandria, and became a favorite resort for the education of the princes of the Ptolemaic dynasty. During the Hellenistic age, there was a medical school; however, the theory that this school was founded by Hippocrates
(see below) during the Classical age
Classical age
is an unwarranted extrapolation.[18] Diodorus Siculus
Diodorus Siculus
(xv. 76) and Strabo
(xiv. 657) describe it as a well-fortified port. Its position gave it a high importance in Aegean trade; while the island itself was rich in wines of considerable fame.[19] Under Alexander the Great
Alexander the Great
and the Egyptian Ptolemies the town developed into one of the great centers in the Aegean; Josephus[20] quotes Strabo
to the effect that Mithridates was sent to Kos
to fetch the gold deposited there by queen Cleopatra of Egypt. Herod is said to have provided an annual stipend for the benefit of prize-winners in the athletic games,[21] and a statue was erected there to his son Herod the Tetrarch
Herod the Tetrarch
("C. I. G." 2502 ). Paul briefly visited here according to Acts 21:1. Except for occasional incursions by corsairs and some severe earthquakes, the island has rarely had its peace disturbed. Following the lead of its larger neighbour, Rhodes, Kos
generally displayed a friendly attitude toward the Romans; in 53 AD it was made a free city. It was known in antiquity for the manufacture of transparent light dresses, the coae vestes.[22] The island of Kos
also featured a provincial library during the Roman period. The island first became a center for learning during the Ptolemaic dynasty, and Hippocrates, Apelles, Philitas
and possibly Theocritus
came from the area. An inscription lists people who made contributions to build the library in the 1st century AD.[23] One of the people responsible for the library's construction was the Kos
doctor Gaiou Stertinou Xenofontos, who lived in Rome and was the personal physician of the Emperors Tiberius, Claudius, and Nero.[24] The bishopric of Kos
was a suffragan of the metropolitan see of Rhodes.[25] Its bishop Meliphron attended the First Council of Nicaea in 325. Eddesius was one of the minority Eastern bishops who withdrew from the Council of Sardica in about 344 and set up a rival council at Philippopolis. Iulianus went to the synod held in Constantinople in 448 in preparation for the Council of Chalcedon
Council of Chalcedon
of 451, in which he participated as a legate of Pope Leo I, and he was a signatory of the joint letter that the bishops of the Roman province
Roman province
of Insulae sent in 458 to Byzantine Emperor
Byzantine Emperor
Leo I the Thracian
Leo I the Thracian
with regard to the killing of Proterius of Alexandria. Dorotheus took part in a synod in 518. Georgius was a participant of the Third Council of Constantinople
Third Council of Constantinople
in 680–681. Constantinus went to the Photian Council of Constantinople (879).[26][27] Under Byzantine rule, apart from the participation of its bishops in councils, the island's history remains obscure. It was governed by a droungarios in the 8th–9th centuries, and seems to have acquired some importance in the 11th and 12th centuries: Nikephoros Melissenos began his uprising here, and in the middle of the 12th century, it was governed by a scion of the ruling Komnenos dynasty, Nikephoros Komnenos.[25] Today the metropolis of Kos
remains under the direct authority of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, rather than the Church of Greece, and is also listed by the Catholic Church
Catholic Church
as a titular see.[28] Following the Fourth Crusade, Kos
passed under Genoese control, although it was retaken in ca. 1224 and kept for a while by the Empire of Nicaea.[25] In the 1320s, Kos
nominally formed part of the realm of Martino Zaccaria, but was most likely in the hands of Turkish corsairs until ca. 1337, when the Knights Hospitaller
Knights Hospitaller
took over the island.[25] The last Hospitaller governor of the island was Piero de Ponte. The Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
captured the island in early 1523.[25] The Ottomans ruled Kos
for almost 400 years, until it was transferred to the Kingdom of Italy
Kingdom of Italy
in 1912 after the Italo-Turkish War.[29] The Italians developed the infrastructures of the island, after the ruinous earthquake of 23 April 1933, which destroyed a great part of the old city and damaged many new buildings. Architect Rodolfo Petracco drew up the new city plan, transforming the old quarters into an archaeological park, and dividing the new city into a residential, an administrative, and a commercial area.,[30] In World War II, the island, as Italian possession, was part of the Axis. It was controlled by Italian troops until the Italian surrender
Italian surrender
in 1943. On that occasion, 100 Italian officers who had refused to join the Germans were executed. British and German forces then clashed for control of the island in the Battle of Kos
Battle of Kos
as part of the Dodecanese
Campaign, in which the Germans were victorious. German troops occupied the island until 1945, when it became a protectorate of the United Kingdom, which ceded it to Greece
in 1947 following the Paris peace treaty. Geology[edit] The island is part of a chain of mountains from which it became separated after earthquakes and subsidence that occurred in ancient times. These mountains include Kalymnos
and Kappari which are separated by an underwater chasm c. 70 metres (230 ft) (40 fathoms deep), as well as the volcano of Nisyros
and the surrounding islands.[citation needed] There is a wide variety of rocks in Kos
which is related to its geographical formation. Prominent among these are the Quaternary layers in which the fossil remains of mammals such as horses, hippopotami and elephants have been found.[citation needed] The fossilised molar of an elephant of gigantic proportions was presented to the Paleontology
Museum of the University of Athens.[citation needed] Demographics[edit] Turkish population[edit] Main article: Turks of the Dodecanese In the late 1920s about 3,700 Turks lived in Kos
city, slightly less than 50% of the population, who settled mainly in the west part of the city.[31] Today, the population of the Turkish community in Kos
has been estimated at about 2,000 people.[32][33] Religion[edit]

The Cathedral of the city of Kos

The people of Kos
are predominantly Orthodox Christians - one of the four Orthodox cathedrals in the Dodecanese
is located in Kos. In addition, there is a Roman Catholic church on the island and a mosque for the Turkish-speaking Muslim community. The synagogue is no longer used for religious ceremonies as the Jewish community of Kos
was targeted and destructed by occupying Nazi forces in World War II. It has, however, been restored and is maintained with all religious symbols intact and is now used by the Municipality of Kos
for various events, mainly cultural. Landmarks[edit] Castles[edit]

The Byzantine Antimachia Castle

The island has a 14th-century fortress at the entrance to its harbour, erected in 1315 by the Knights Hospitaller, and another from the Byzantine period in Antimachia. Ancient Agora[edit]

View of the municipal market, built in 1934–35 by architect Rodolfo Petracco

Street of Kos

The ancient market place of Kos
was considered one of the biggest in the ancient world. It was the commercial and commanding centre at the heart of the ancient city. It was organized around a spacious rectangular yard 50 metres (160 ft) wide and 300 metres (980 ft) long. It began in the Northern area and ended up south on the central road (Decumanus) which went through the city. The northern side connected to the city wall towards the entrance to the harbour. Here there was a monumental entrance. On the eastern side there were shops. In the first half of the 2nd century BC, the building was extended toward the interior yard. The building was destroyed in an earthquake in 469 AD. In the southern end of the market, there was a round building with a Roman dome and a workshop which produced pigments including "Egyptian Blue". Coins, treasures, and copper statues from Roman times were later uncovered by archeologists. In the western side excavations led to the findings of rooms with mosaic floors which showed beastfights, a theme quite popular in Kos.[34] Culture[edit] The ancient physician Hippocrates
is thought to have been born on Kos, and in the center of the town is the Plane Tree of Hippocrates, a dream temple where the physician is traditionally supposed to have taught. The limbs of the now elderly tree are supported by scaffolding. The small city is also home to the International Hippocratic Institute and the Hippocratic Museum dedicated to him. Near the Institute are the ruins of Asklepieion, where Herodicus taught Hippocrates
medicine. Notable people[edit]

Epicharmus of Kos (6th-5th century BC), comic playwright Hippocrates
(5th century BC), "father of medicine". Philitas
of Cos (4th century BC), poet and scholar. Michael Kefalianos, professional bodybuilder.[35] Marika Papagika, early 20th century singer.[36] Kostas Skandalidis, former Interior Minister of Greece
and close associate of Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou.[37] Al Campanis, Major League Baseball player and executive.[38] Stergos Marinos, international footballer currently playing for Panathinaikos.[39] Şükrü Kaya, Turkish politician, who served as Minister of the Interior and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey. He was one of the perpetrators of the Armenian Genocide.[40]

In popular culture[edit] Kos
is the location of Skirmisher Publishing's Swords of Kos
Fantasy Campaign Setting and also appears in a number of its affiliated adventures and works of fiction. See also[edit]

List of volcanoes in Greece Coan wine Battle of Kos The disappearance of Ben Needham in 1991.


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ii.676, from "Kos, the city of Eurypylus, and the Calydnae isles", under the leaders Phidippos and Antiphos, "sons of the Thessalian king". It is unclear whether Homer
is describing cultural affiliations of his own time or remembered traditions of Mycenaean times. ^ Hercules in Kos. Kosinfo.gr. ^ Money, Power And Gender:Evidence For Influential Women Represented And Sculpture On Kos. None. ^ The Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites (eds. Richard Stillwell, et al.), s.v. "Kos". ^ A Treatise on the Origin, Progressive Improvement, and Present State of the Silk Manufacture at Google Books ^ Introduction to the New Testament, p. 83, at Google Books ^ Vincenzo Di Benedetto: Cos e Cnido, in: Hippocratica - Actes du Colloque hippocratique de Paris 4-9 septembre 1978, ed. M. D. Grmek, Paris 1980, 97-111, see also Antoine Thivel: Cnide et Cos ? : essai sur les doctrines médicales dans la collection hippocratique, Paris 1981 (passim), ISBN 22-51-62021-4; cf. the review by Otta Wenskus (on JSTOR). ^ Pliny, xxxv. 46 ^ "Ant." xiv. 7, § 2 ^ Josephus, "B. J." i. 21, § 11 ^  Smith, William, ed. (1854). "Cos". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. 1. London: John Murray.  ^ "Libraries of Greece". Annette Lamb. Retrieved 2015-03-28.  ^ "The Asklepion of Kos
– Home of Modern Medicine". The Skibbereen Eagle. Retrieved 2015-03-28.  ^ a b c d e Gregory, Timothy E. (1991). "Kos". In Kazhdan, Alexander. The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. p. 1150. ISBN 978-0-19-504652-6.  ^ Raymond Janin, v. Cos in Dictionnaire d'Histoire et de Géographie ecclésiastiques, vol. XIII, Paris 1956, coll. 927-928 ^ Pius Bonifacius Gams, Series episcoporum Ecclesiae Catholicae, Leipzig 1931, p. 448 ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 875 ^ Bertarelli, Luigi Vittorio (1929). Guida d'Italia Vol. XVII. Milano: C.T.I. p. Sub voce "Storia".  ^ G. Rocco, M. Livadiotti, Il piano regolatore di Kos
del 1934: un progetto di città archeologica, "Thiasos", 1, 2012, pp. 10-2 ^ Bertarelli, Luigi Vittorio (1929). Guida d'Italia, Vol. XVII (1st ed.). Milano: CTI. p. 145.  ^ Ürkek bir siyasetin tarih önündeki ağır vebali, p. 142, at Google Books ^ http://www.batitrakya.4mg.com/onkada01.htm ^ Ancient Sites of the Harbour and Market Place. Kosinfo.gr. ^ Michael Kefalianos
Michael Kefalianos
– Bio MichaelKefalianos.com ^ Steve Sullivan (4 October 2013). Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings. Scarecrow Press. p. 742. ISBN 978-0-8108-8296-6.  ^ http://www.skandalidis.gr/joomla-overview ^ www.baseball-reference.com ^ " Stergos Marinos biography" (in Greek). Stergos Marinos' official website. Archived from the original on 22 March 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2012.  ^ Who is who database - Biography of Şükrü Kaya (in Turkish)

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The 12 major islands

Astypalaia Kalymnos Karpathos Kasos Kastellorizo
(Megisti) Kos Leros Nisyros Patmos Rhodes Symi Tilos

Minor islands

Adelfoi Syrnas Islets Agathonisi Agioi Theodoroi Halkis Agreloussa Alimia Antitilos Anydros Patmou Archangelos Arefoussa Arkoi Armathia Astakida Chalavra Chalki Chamili Chiliomodi Patmou Chondros Chteni Faradonesia Farmakonisi Fokionisia Fragos Gaidaros Glaros Kinarou Gyali Imia/Kardak Kalolimnos Kalovolos Kamilonisi Kandeloussa Karavolas Rodou Kinaros Koubelonisi Kouloundros Kouloura Leipson Kounoupoi Koutsomytis Leipsoi Levitha Makronisi Kasou Makronisi Leipson Makry Aspronisi Leipson Makry Halkis Marathos Marmaras Mavra Levithas Megalo Aspronisi Leipson Megalo Glaronisi Megalo Sofrano Mesonisi Seirinas Mikro Glaronisi Mikro Sofrano Nimos Pacheia Nisyrou Pergoussa Piganoussa Pitta Plati Pserimou Plati Symis Pontikousa Prasonisi Prasouda Pserimos Safonidi Ro Saria Seirina Sesklio Strongyli Kritinias Strongyli Megistis Telendos Tragonisi Zaforas

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Administrative division of the Southern Aegean
Southern Aegean

Area 5,286 km2 (2,041 sq mi) Population 309,015 (as of 2011) Municipalities 34 (since 2011) Capital Ermoupoli

Regional unit of Andros


Regional unit of Kalymnos

Agathonisi Astypalaia Kalymnos Leipsoi Leros Patmos

Regional unit of Karpathos

Karpathos Kasos

Regional unit of Kea-Kythnos

Kea Kythnos

Regional unit of Kos

Kos Nisyros

Regional unit of Milos

Kimolos Milos Serifos Sifnos

Regional unit of Mykonos


Regional unit of Naxos

Amorgos Naxos
and Lesser Cyclades

Regional unit of Paros

Antiparos Paros

Regional unit of Rhodes

Chalki Kastellorizo Rhodes Symi Tilos

Regional unit of Syros


Regional unit of Thira

Anafi Folegandros Ios Sikinos Thira (Santorini)

Regional unit of Tinos


Regional governor Giorgos Hadjimarkos (since 2014) Decentralized Administration Aegean

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Subdivisions of the municipality of Kos

Municipal unit of Dikaios

Asfendiou Pyli

Municipal unit of Irakleides

Antimacheia Kardamaina Kefalos

Municipal unit of Kos


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Aegean Sea



 Greece  Turkey


Aegean civilizations Aegean dispute Aegean Islands

Aegean Islands


Amorgos Anafi Andros Antimilos Antiparos Delos Despotiko Donousa Folegandros Gyaros Ios Irakleia Kardiotissa Kea Keros Kimolos Koufonisia Kythnos Milos Mykonos Naxos Paros Polyaigos Rineia Santorini Schoinoussa Serifopoula Serifos Sifnos Sikinos Syros Therasia Tinos Vous


Agathonisi Arkoi Armathia Alimia Astakida Astypalaia Çatalada Chamili Farmakonisi Gaidaros Gyali Halki Imia/Kardak Kalolimnos Kalymnos Kandelioussa Kara Ada Karpathos Kasos Kinaros Kos Küçük Tavşan Adası Leipsoi
(Lipsi) Leros Levitha
(Lebynthos) Nimos Nisyros Pacheia Patmos Platy Pserimos Rhodes Salih Ada Saria Symi Syrna Telendos Tilos Zaforas

North Aegean

Agios Efstratios Agios Minas Ammouliani Ayvalık Islands Büyük Ada Chios Chryse Cunda Foça Islands Fournoi Korseon Icaria Imbros Koukonesi Lemnos Lesbos Metalik Ada Nisiopi Oinousses Pasas Psara Samiopoula Samos Samothrace Tenedos Thasos Thymaina Uzunada Zourafa


Aegina Agios Georgios Agistri Dokos Hydra Poros Psyttaleia Salamis Spetses


Adelfoi Islets Agios Georgios Skopelou Alonnisos Argos Skiathou Dasia Erinia Gioura Grammeza Kyra Panagia Lekhoussa Peristera Piperi Psathoura Repi Sarakino Skandili Skantzoura Skiathos Skopelos Skyropoula Skyros Tsoungria Valaxa


Afentis Christos Agia Varvara Agioi Apostoloi Agioi Pantes Agioi Theodoroi Agios Nikolaos Anavatis Arnaouti Aspros Volakas Avgo Crete Daskaleia Dia Diapori Dionysades Elasa Ftena Trachylia Glaronisi Gramvousa Grandes Kalydon (Spinalonga) Karavi Karga Katergo Kavallos Kefali Kolokythas Koursaroi Kyriamadi Lazaretta Leon Mavros Mavros
Volakas Megatzedes Mochlos Nikolos Palaiosouda Peristeri Peristerovrachoi Petalida Petalouda Pontikaki Pontikonisi Praso (Prasonisi) Prosfora Pseira Sideros Souda Valenti Vryonisi


Antikythera Euboea Kythira Makronisos

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Third Journey of Paul the Apostle

1. Galatia 2. Phrygia 3. Ephesus 4. Macedonia 5. Corinth 6. Cenchreae 7. Macedonia (again) 8. Troas 9. Assos 10. Mytilene 11. Chios 12. Samos 13. Miletus 14. Cos 15. Rhodes 16. Patara 17. Tyre 18. Ptolemais 19. Caesarea 20. Jerusalem

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