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Wednesday, 4 November 2009

The Ancaeus vineyards

A view from Agiades valley, on the top of the hill stil visible the ruins of the great wall around the ancient capital of Samos.

Ancaeus of Samos

Ancaeus was king of the island of Samos, and an Argonaut: helmsmanship was his special skill.[1] He was a son of Poseidon and Astypalaea, and brother of Eurypylus.[2] By other accounts his father was the Lelegian king Altes, which accords well with Ancaeus's rule over the Leleges of Samos. According to a lost epic of his house, sung by the Samian poet Asios, he married Samia, daughter of the river god Maeander, who bore him Perilaus, Enudus, Samus, Alitherses, and Parthenope, the mother of Lycomedes.[3] The most famous story surrounding this Ancaeus is the following: When planting a vineyard, for Samos was famed for its wine, he was told by a seer that he would never taste its wine. Ancaeus then joined the voyage of the Argonauts, and returned home safely, by which time the grapes were ripe and had been made into wine. He summoned the seer before him, and raised a cup of his own wine to his lips, and was ready to taste it for the first time. He then mocked the seer, who retorted, "There is many a slip between cup and the lip" (Πολλὰ μεταξὺ πέλει κὐλικος καὶ Χείλεος άκροὒ). Before Ancaeus had tasted the wine, an alarm was raised that a wild boar was ravaging the vineyard, and on hearing this, Ancaeus dropped the cup and went out to investigate – and was promptly killed by the boar.[


  1. Πολύ όμορφη άποψη τοπίου και εξαιρετικά ενδιαφέρουσα η ιστορία σου φίλε μου!!
    Καλή σας μέρα

  2. What a stunning contrast in greens. And what a great story. Thank you for the image and the history.

  3. Loved the story and that is a beautiful picture!