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Leukas

K. A. Wardle

in Grove Art Online

Volume Grove Art Online, issue Published in print August 1996 |
Published online January 1998 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054

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Ionian island just off the western coast of central Greece. It was named after the high white cliffs at its southern end, where the lyric poet Sappho allegedly committed suicide. The German archaeologist W. Doerpfeld was so convinced that it was the true Homeric Ithaka that he dug numerous test trenches on the coastal plain of Nidhri, and the discovery in 1908 of rich burials seemed to confirm his belief. These, however, date to the

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