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Kimolos: History

According to Mythology, Kimolos took its name from its first settler, Kimolos. Later was named Echinousa.

It is at least inhabited since the Mycenaean period and a sunken citadel and the necropolis in the region Ellinika have given Mycenaean, Geometric, Archaic as well as Classical discoveries. This city appears to have been inhabited by locals at least up to the first Christian years.

Kimolos is since antiquity known for the excavation of chalk - important source of wealth for the island - as well as for its exceptional figs. On the 3rd century B.C. it circulated its own currency.

At the middle ages, Kimolos was occupied by the Venetians and was named Arzantiera. In the duration of the Ottoman and Venetian domination, the island suffered a lot from piracies, due to which, Kimolos was depopulated in the dues of the 18th century.
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