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This page is part of the "tools" section of a site, Plato and his dialogues, dedicated to developing a new interpretation of Plato's dialogues. The "tools" section provides historical and geographical context (chronology, maps, entries on characters and locations) for Socrates, Plato and their time. By clicking on the minimap at the beginning of the entry, you can go to a full size map in which the city or location appears. For more information on the structure of entries and links available from them, read the notice at the beginning of the index of persons and locations.
Region of northeastern Peloponnese (area
Argolis owes its name to what became the main city of the region, Argos, itself named after several mythological heroes by the name Argos, the first of whom was a son of Zeus and Niobe, daughter of Phoroneus, and the brother of Pelasgus. Argos reigned over all of Peloponnese, which was then called Argolis (hence the name "Argives" which is often used in the Iliad to designate the Greeks as a whole). Later, the name Argolis was restricted to the part of Peloponnese around the city of Argos. The legends about Argos and Argolis can be found in the entries for the main cities of the area : Argos, Tirynthus, Mycenæ, Troezen, Epidaurus, Midea, Nemea, etc.