Infobox Pref GR
name = Arcadia
name_local = Νομός Αρκαδίας
periph = Peloponnese
capital = Tripoli
population = 100,611
population_as_of = 2005
pop_rank = 38th
pop_dens = 22.8
popdens_rank = 52nd
area = 4,419
area_rank = 5th
postal_code = 22x xx
area_code = 2710, 275x0, 279x0
licence = ΤΡ
provinces = 4
municip = 22
commun = 1
ISO = GR-12
website = [http://www.arcadia.gr/ www.arcadia.gr/]
Arcadia or Arkadía (Greek Αρκαδία) is a region of
Greecein the Peloponnesus. It takes its name from the mythological character Arcas.
Arcadia has its present-day capital at Tripoli. It forms the largest prefecture on the Peloponnesian peninsula. It currently covers about 18% of the entire peninsula, although it once extended to about 20 to 25% of the peninsula.
The prefecture has a skiing resort on Mount
Maenalus, the Mainalon, located about 20 km NW of Tripoli. The other mountains include the Parnonin the southeast, the Artemisio, the Saita, the Skiathio, the Lykaiaand Tsiberou.
Greek National Road 7(E65) highway, which was extended after 1997 and in 2003, runs through Arcadia on a north-west to south-east axis and nearly forms in the southwest the end of the highway. A thermoelectric power station which produces electricity for most of southern Greece, operates to the south of Megalopolis, along with a coal mine.
Arcadia has two tunnels. The
Artemisio Tunnelopened first, followed by the tunnel east of Megalopolis; both serve traffic flowing between Messeniaand Athens.
In agriculture, potato farms (dominant in central and northcentral Arcadia), mixed farming, olive groves, and pasture dominate the plains of Arcadia, especially in the area around Megalopolis and between Tripoli and Levidi. One of these cuisines were featured on
Mega Channel's cooking show hosted by Mamalakisthat was shown on prime time.
Theodoros Kolokotronis(1770 - 1843), a general in the Greek War of Independence(1821 - 1832), lived in Arcadia.
Dimitris Plapoutas(1786-1864), a general in the Greek War of Independence, also lived in Arcadia.
Arcadia has 4 provinces:
Gortynia Province– Dimitsana
Kynouria Province– Leonidio
Mantineia Province– Tripolis
Megalopoli Province– Megalopolis
Municipalities and communities
List of settlements in the Arcadia prefecture
The climate consists of hot summers and mild winters in the eastern part, the southern part, the low lying areas and the central area at altitudes lower than 1,000 m. The area primarily receives rain during fall and winter months in the rest of Arcadia. Winter snow occurs commonly in the mountainous areas for much of the west and the northern part, the
Taygetusarea, the Mainalon.
Due to its remote, mountainous character, Arcadia has always been a classical refuge. So during the
Dorian invasion, when Mycenaean Greek was replaced with Doric Greekalong the coast of the Peloponnes, it survived in Arcadia, developing into the Arcadocypriotdialect of Classical Antiquity. Arcadocypriot never became a literary dialect, but it is known from inscriptions. Tsanis a letter of the Greek alphabetoccurring only in Arcadia, shaped like Cyrillic И; it represents an affricate that developed from labiovelars in context where they became "t" in other dialects. Tsakonian Greek , still spoken on the coast of the modern prefecture of Arcadia, in the Classical period considered the southern Argolidcoast immediately adjoining Arcadia, is a descendant of Doric Greek, and as such is an extraordinary example of a surviving regional dialect of archaic Greek. The capital of Tsakoniais the Arcadian coastal town of Leonidio.
One of the birthplaces reported for
Zeusis Mount Lycaeumin Arcadia. Lycaon, a cannibalistic Pelasgianking, was transformed into a werewolfby Zeus. Lycaon's daughter was Callisto. It was also said to have been the birthplace of Zeus' son, Hermes.
Arcadia remained a rustic, secluded area, and its inhabitants became proverbial as primitive herdsmen leading simple
pastoralunsophisticated yet happy lives, to the point that "Arcadia" may refer to some imaginary idyllic paradise, immortalized by Virgil's Eclogues, and later by Jacopo Sannazaroin his pastoral masterpiece, "Arcadia" (1504); see also Arcadia (utopia).
Arcadia later joined the
Roman Empireand later the Byzantine Empire. After the fourth crusade, the area became a part of the Principality of Achaea. In the mid-15th century, the region fell into the hands of the Ottoman Turks with some exceptions in the 16th century for a couple of years. During these periods, many towns and villages were founded.
The Latin phrase "
Et in Arcadia ego" which is usually interpreted to mean "I am also in Arcadia" or "I am even in Arcadia" is an example of " memento mori", a cautionary reminder of the transitory nature of life and the inevitability of death. The phrase is most often associated with a 1647 painting by Nicolas Poussin, also known as "The Arcadian Shepherds". In the painting the phrase appears as an inscription on a tomb discovered by youthful figures in classical garb. It has been suggested that the phrase is an anagram for the Latin phrase "I! Tego arcana Dei", which translates to "Begone! I keep God's secrets."From The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail.
After 400 years of occupation by the Ottomans, Arcadia was the centre of the
Greek War of Independencewhich saw victories in their battles including one in Tripoli which saw the Greek revolutionaries slaughter around 30,000 Turks. After a victorious revolutionary war, Arcadia was finally incorporated into a newly-created Greek state. Arcadia saw economic growth and small emigration.
In the 20th century, Arcadia experienced extensive population loss through emigration, mostly to the
Americas. Many Arcadian villages lost almost half their inhabitants, and fears arose that they would turn into ghost towns. Arcadia now has a smaller population than Corinthia. Demographers expected that its population would halve between 1951 and the early 21st century. The prefectural population is in a range to a point that could fall below the 100,000 mark which could make it the next prefecture in Greece to have fewer than 100,000 people.
World War IIand the Greek Civil War, many villages and towns were rebuilt.
An enormous earthquake with a 5 Richter scale range shook Megalopoli and the surrounding area. Many buildings were destroyed, leaving people homeless. Within a couple of years, the buildings were rebuilt anti-seismically. In 1967, construction began on the
Megalopoli Power Plant. It began operating in 1970, producing electricity for southern Greece. A mining area south of the plant is the largest mining area in the peninsula and continues to the present day with one settlement moved.
Water problems troubled local residents protesting over the rights of water usage with the Argolida and its new reservoir near Saga, on
July 3, 2007. On July 27, a wildfire broke out in Gortyniain the western portion, threatening several nearby villages and burning a small portion of the forested area. Less than a month later, another minor forest fire occurred near Tropaia, on Thursday August 23. A day later, the minor fire became a major blaze beginning in the southwest of Arcadia Soulos. Arson-related fires spread and burned villages including Chrousa, Leontari, Vasta, Tourkoleka, Dirahi, near Megalopoli, Makryssiand Anavryto, and burned around 5% of the prefecture and the southwestern portion. The fire raging in the southern Ilia prefecture spread into Arcadia, and began to burn Atsicholosand the area around Karytaina. Residents prevented the fire from entering Megalopoli, Karytaina, and its surrounding area by chopping down trees, preventing it from entering the village; helicopters received water from Lake Takaand the sea. The fires continued from Friday August 24, with high winds and hot temperatures reported at 42°C ; the outbreaks slowed slowed three days later but progressed on Tuesday August 27. The blazes finally died down when temperatures dropped and a low pressure system from southern Europe brought rain into the area; roads had been closed and electricity cut off for several days. At the extinguishing of the fire, hundreds of mobile homes were sent to inhabitants who had lost houses. Trees and a number of groves are to be planted, but it is expected to take a few years to restore part of the area's natural beauty and forest. Less seriously for the area, Kynouria experienced weather problems in the winter, with a snowstorm affecting Leonidi and the village of Agios Petros on February 10, 2008.
*Major roads or highways:
Greek National Road 7
Greek National Road 33, N
Greek National Road 37, Cen, S
Greek National Road 66, N
Greek National Road 74, NW, N
Greek National Road 76, W, SW
Arkadiki Radiophonia Teleorassi- ART
*Arcadia Shepherds is the
South African football (soccer) club from the city of Pretoria. The club was formed in 1903 and has been a source of players from its youth system that have gone on to higher profile careers overseas. The club's glory year was 1974, when it won every competition entered.
Asteras Tripolisis the Greek soccer club from the city of Tripoli.
*Leonidio FC is the Greek soccer club from the town of
*Ancient Olympic victors:
Androsthenesof Maenalus, won gold in 420 and 416 BC
Euthymenesof Maenalus, won gold in 400 and 392 BC
Angelos Angelopoulos, economist, professor of the University of Athens
Mimis Fotopoulos(April 1913 in Zatouna Gortynias - 1986 in Athens)
Nikos Gatsos, poet
Costas Gavras, actor
Kostas Karyotakis( October 30, 1896– July 20, 1928in Preveza)
Yiannis Kouros, ultramarathonrunner
Giorgos Merikas, doctor
Georgios Mistriois, philologist
Vasileios Oikonomou, lawman
Giannis Panou, poet
Vasilis Papakonstantinou, singer and director
Giorgos Santas, with Manolis Glezos, he was famous for restoring the Greek flag at the Acropolisafter nearly three and a half years of non-Greek occupation of the Battle of Greecein 1944, a part of World War II.
Ilias Simopoulos, poet
Kostas Tournas, director?, poet and singer
Babis Tsertos, singer
Stavros Tsiolis, actor
Georgios Valkans, chemist
Thanassis Valtinos, poet
*Kollias the Vytinioti
Simos Chatzis, soccer player
Atalanta, a Greek mythic woman said to have been the daughter of the King of Arcadia
References in popular culture
*The Greek and
Latinname Arcadius/Arkadios was derived from "Arcadia" (see the Emperor Arcadius, the grammarian Arcadius of Antioch, the patriarch Arkadios II). From Greek it passed in Russian, Ukrainian, and other Slavic languages, where it is a common male name as Arkady or Arcady.
Arcadiawas a band created as a project by the 80's English iconic pop band, Duran Duran, in 1985. It included Duran Duran members, Simon LeBon, Nick Rhodes, and Roger Taylor. The name of this band was chosen for the mystique surrounding Arcadia as a place of mystery and symbolic secrecy.
*The area of the prefecture were featured in several ERT programs including documentaries on the Megalopoli Mine and Ladon Lake
*In the 2006 Doctor Who episode 'Doomsday', the Doctor mentions being 'there at the fall of Arcadia', where Arcadia is insinuated to be an unspecified area of possible strategic importance in the Time War, unlikely to be the Arcadia of Greece.
RPG" Fire Emblem" features a hidden Utopian city where man and dragonlives in harmony. This city is called "Arcadia", and is founded by the legendary Archsage Athos.
*In the video game
BioShock, "Arcadia" is the name of an area in one of the levels, with an artificial forest and touted as a vacation paradise.
*In the 1988 video game "Battle of Olympus" Arcadia, is the initial staring point of the game.
*In the Stardust Classics children's fantasy novels, Arcadia is the name of a kingdom ruled by the young Princess Alissa.
*In the film 300 Leonidas is joined by a group of Arcadians to help him fight against the Persians.
*In Space Pirate Captain Harlock, the show's main ship is called Arcadia, perhaps hinting that the ship itself is a sort of refuge to pirates.
*In the text MUD Achaea, Arcadia is the home of a race of winged humans (Atavians).
*In the series of games Megaman Zero, (Neo) Arcadia is the utopian city where humans live in apparent peace with reploids.
*The word Arcadia has become a poetic idylism meaning "Utopia".
Pete Dohertyis among many who has used this symbol in their work.
*The name of the planet in the game
Skies of Arcadiais Arcadia. It is a planet with a completely barren wasteland floor level, but is mainly populated in its sky, which has a large system of floating islands, each flourishing under six different colored moons that orbit the planet.
*In the Playstation 2 Game Final Fantasy XII there is a militaristic city known as Archadia
*In the TV series The Legend of Zelda the White Knight Character Appearing in Episode 3 comes from a city called Arcadia.
*In the TV series The X-Files, the thirteenth episode of the sixth season is named "Arcadia".
*The mythic world that adorns the album covers of the rock band Asia. Specifically the albums Alpha (1983) and Astra (1985)
*Arcadia is one of twin worlds in the popular computer game
the Longest Journeyand it`s sequel Dreamfall.
Armored Core 3, Arcadia is the name of the number 1 ranked AC.
*In the game , the areas of the game are all said to be within the city of New Arcadia.
*In the movie The Scorpion King, the main character and his brothers are the last in a line of people known as Arcadians.
* [http://conference.arcadians.gr Pan-Arcadian Congress]
* [http://arcadia.ceid.upatras.gr/arkadia/engversion/index.html University of Patras, Arkadia-Project]
* [http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~gkt/www/arcadia.html Arcadia, Greece]
* [http://www.oreivatein.com/page/sites/arkadia/e_arkadia.htm Unknown Arcadia]
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