Mention a sunken city of Ancient Greece and you’d be forgiven for automatically thinking of the legendary civilisation of Atlantis described by Plato. It’s the irresistibly fascinating tale of a great city destroyed in a single day and disappearing without trace. The possible sites of Atlantis have caused much controversy and debate and to this day it has not been identified.
But what many don’t know is that Atlantis is far from an isolated case. There are quite a few greek cities lying beneath the waves. Some were destroyed in a matter of minutes, others were submerged centimetre by centimetre over a period of years.
Helike and Boura
Helike was a city founded in the Bronze Age on the northwestern coast of the Peloponnese. Homer describes the city as contributing one ship to the Trojan war effort in the Illiad.
Helike was the leader of the first Achaean League, a group of the 12…
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