Kea, known as Gia or Tzia, and, in antiquity, Keos, is a Greek island in the Cyclades archipelago in the Aegean Sea. Kea is part of the Kea-Kythnos regional unit and it is the island of the Cyclades complex that is closest to Attica and is 20 km from Cape Sounio as well as 60 km SE of Athens. Its climate is arid, and its terrain is hilly, Kea is 19 km long from north to south and 9 km wide from west to east. The area is 128.9 km2 with the highest point being 560 m above sea level, the municipality, which includes the island Makronisos, has an area of 148.926 km2. Its capital, Ioulis, is inland at an altitude and is considered quite picturesque. Other major villages of Kea are the port of Korissia and the village of Vourkari. After suffering depopulation for many decades, Kea has been rediscovered by Athenians as a convenient destination for weekend. The population in 2011 was 2,455, in the Archaic period, the island was divided between four city-states, Karthaia and Koressos. During the classical period, Kea was the home of Simonides and of his nephew Bacchylides, coins retrieved from the island from the 3rd century BC feature dogs or stars with emanating rays, highlighting Sirius importance.
During the Byzantine period, many churches were built and the prosperity of the island rose and it was Byzantine until, in 1204, it was captured by the Venetians in the wake of the Fourth Crusade. The Archbishop of Athens, Michael Choniates, came here in exile after his city fell to the Crusaders in 1205 and it was recaptured by the Byzantines under Licario in 1278. In around 1302 during the Byzantine–Venetian War, it fell to the Venetians. Kea was taken from the Venetians by the Ottoman Turks in 1537, along with the rest of the Cyclades, Kea joined Greece following the Greek War of Independence in 1821. HMHS Britannic, the largest ship sunk in World War I, which was the ship to the RMS Titanic. It is today listed by the Catholic Church as a titular see, the island is famous for scuba diving, with excellent visibility, rich marine life, and wall and wreck diving. The water temperature ranges from 20°-26°C, the highlight for recreational divers is the wreck of the unique paddle/wheeler steamship Patris which sank in 1868.
She was a passenger steamer 66 m long, in service in the Aegean Sea, owned by the Hellenic Steamship Co. based on Syros island and she hit the reef off Koundouros Bay at Makriopounda, Kea island on 24 February 1868 with about 120 passengers aboard. No casualties were reported owing to the proximity of land, the world-famous wreck of the HMHS Britannic, sister ship of the Titanic, located 1.5 nautical mile offshore, is at a depth of about 120 m
Amorgos is the easternmost island of the Greek Cyclades island group, and the nearest island to the neighboring Dodecanese island group. Along with several neighboring islets, the largest of which is Nikouria Island, it comprises the municipality of Amorgos, which has an area of 126.346 square kilometres. Throughout history, Amorgos was known as Yperia, Patagy, or Platagy, Amorgos features a lot of remnants of ancient civilizations. At the time of Archaic Greece, there were three independent city-states there and they are believed to have featured autonomous constitutions but the same currency. Due to the name Minoa we suspect that Amorgos had been colonised by the Cretans from ancient times, almost a dozen separate inhabited centres are known in this period. Amorgos is the origin of many famous Cycladic figurines, ‘Dokathismata style’ figurines were originally found here. Cycladic sculptures had been discovered from the cemeteries at Aghia Paraskevi, Aghios Pavlos, Kapros, Nikouria, Kapsala Cycladic figurines, dating around 2700 B. C.
are named after a find place in Amorgos. This is the earliest of the canonical types – a reclining female with folded arms and they tend to have slender and elongated proportions. At this time, anatomical features such as arms are modeled three-dimensionally, with the types, sculptors tended to render this feature with incised lines. Dokathismata Cycladic figurines date from a period of 2400–2100 BC. Part of the island is named Aspis, where the ancient temple of the goddess Aphrodite stood, in approximately 630 BC, the poet Semonides led the foundation of a Samian colony on Amorgos. The Periplus of Pseudo-Scylax mentions it as Tripolis, with the passing of time, the islands name changed to Amolgon and Amourgon. In the 5th century, Bishop Theodore, who attended a synod in Constantinople, signed as Bishop of the Parians, Sifnians and it was known as Yamurgi during Ottoman rule between 1566–1829. On 9 July 1956, a large earthquake occurred that generated a local tsunami of up to 30 m. The shock had a moment magnitude of 7.8 and had a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX, fifty-three people were killed and 100 were injured.
The names of the three cities given by Stephanus Byzantinus are Arkesini, Aigiali or Melania which, according to inscriptions, are the most correct. The three towns are on the islands west coast because that is where bays and natural ports that could provide the proper positioning for seaside towns and forts exist. Aigiali was on the north East Side of the close to the present day locations of Tholaria and Stroumvos
Nisyros is a volcanic Greek island and municipality located in the Aegean Sea. It is part of the Dodecanese group of islands, situated between the islands of Kos and Tilos and its shape is approximately round, with a diameter of about 8 km, and an area of 41.6 km2. Several other islets are found in the vicinity of Nisyros. The Municipality of Nisyros includes Gyalí as well as uninhabited Pacheiá, Pergoússa, Kandelioússa, Ágios Antónios and it has a total land area of 50.055 km2 and a total population of 1,008 inhabitants. The island was called Nisiro in Italian and İncirli in Turkish and its coasts are generally rocky or pebbled, but there are a few sandy beaches. The volcano is active, and fumaroles are found at the craters. It has had four historical eruptions, all of which had a VEI of 2, almost all of its eruptions involved phreatic activity. The latest eruptive activity was an explosion in 1888, after small ash eruptions in 1871 and 1873. A period of seismic unrest in 1996–1997 led a team of scientist to initiate monitoring of the volcanic unrest in the European Union sponsored Geowarn project.
The entire volcanic complex includes the seafloor between Nisyros and Kos, the island of Gyali and a part of Kos island, the island is reachable by ship from Piraeus and Kos, and in summer, there are many daily trips from the village of Kardamena on Kos. The main town and port of the island is Mandraki, other villages are Paloi and Emporeios. Tourism is not so developed as on other Greek islands. Deposits of perlite and pumice on Gyali provide much of the wealth of the island, the island used to be self-sufficient, and many crops were grown on its terraced slopes. Today, they are cultivated on a smaller scale, according to Greek mythology, the island was formed when Poseidon cut off a part of Kos and threw it onto the giant Polybotes to stop him from escaping. The ancient name of the Nisyros was Porphyris, ancient walls, dating from the 5th century BC, part of the acropolis of the island, are found near Mandraki. It was apparently a source of used in some of the earliest watermills. The island is mentioned by Homer in the Iliad, in Roman times it became part of the Insulae province.
The Knights Hospitaller conquered the island in 1315 and built the crusader castle, the patron saint of the island is Saint Nikitas
Kastellorizo or Castellorizo is a Greek island and municipality located in the southeastern Mediterranean. It lies roughly 2 kilometres off the south coast of Turkey, about 570 km southeast of Athens and 125 km east of Rhodes, Kastellorizo is part of the Rhodes regional unit. The islands official name, Megisti means biggest or greatest, but at only 11.98 km2 in area, the name, refers to the fact that it is the largest of the small archipelago. This name was used in antiquity, but is now used in Greek. There are several hypotheses about the origin of this name, kastello derives from the Italian word castello, meaning castle. There is some argument on the part of the name. Rizo being a corruption of the word Rhoge, one of the ancient appellations of the island of Ro. If this is correct, the modern name is actually an amalgam of the separate island names Castello. Rizo being the actual Greek word rizon meaning root, as researched by Greek Historian I. M. Hatzifotis, Kastellorizo is the easternmost Greek island and is situated in the Eastern Mediterranean.
It lies about 2 km from the Anatolian coastal town of Kaş, Cyprus is about 280 km to the south-east. It is six kilometres long and three wide, with a surface of 9.2 square kilometres. It has a shape, and is oriented from NE to SW. The island features three capes, Agios Stefanos and Pounenti, between the first two there is a wide and accommodating bay, the main harbor, where one finds the only town on the island. Cape Agios Stefanos, the nearest to Anatolia, is 2250m south of the modern Turkish town of Kaş, cape Nifti lies some greater distance from the Anatolian coast. The island is mountainous, with high and steep coastlines, which become difficult to access moving west. The soil is composed of limestone, and produces small amounts of olives, grapes. On the island there is no source of drinking water, the Municipality of Megísti includes the offshore islands of Ro and Strongyli as well as several smaller islets. It has a land area of 11.978 square kilometres
Mykonos is a Greek island, part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Syros and Naxos. The island spans an area of 85.5 square kilometres and rises to an elevation of 341 metres at its highest point, there are 10,134 inhabitants, most of whom live in the largest town, which lies on the west coast. The town is known as Chora. Mykonos nickname is The island of the winds, tourism is a major industry and Mykonos is well known for its vibrant nightlife and for being a gay-friendly destination with many establishments catering for the LGBT community. Herodotus mentions Carians as the inhabitants of the island. Ionians from Athens seem to have followed next in the early 11th century BC, there were many people living on the neighbouring island of Delos, just 2 km away, which meant that Mykonos became an important place for supplies and transit. It was, during ancient times a rather poor island with limited agricultural resources and its inhabitants were polytheists and worshipped many gods. Mykonos came under the control of the Romans during the reign of the Roman Empire, in 1204, with the fall of Constantinople in the Fourth Crusade, Mykonos was occupied by Andrea Ghisi, a relative of the Doge of Venice.
The island was ravaged by the Catalans at the end of the 13th century, in 1537, while the Venetians still reigned, Mykonos was attacked by Hayreddin Barbarossa, the infamous admiral of Suleiman the Magnificent, and an Ottoman fleet established itself on the island. The Ottomans, under the leadership of Kapudan Pasha, imposed a system of self-governance comprising a governor, when the castle of Tinos fell to the Ottomans in 1718, the last of the Venetians withdrew from the region. Up until the end of the 18th century, Mykonos prospered as a centre, attracting many immigrants from nearby islands. In June 1794 the Battle of Mykonos was fought between British and French ships in the main harbour. The Greek Revolution against the Ottoman Empire broke out in 1821 and Mykonos played an important role, led by the national heroine, Mavrogenous, a well-educated aristocrat guided by the ideas of the Enlightenment, sacrificed her familys fortune for the Greek cause. Greece became an independent state in 1830, a statue of her sits in the middle of Mando Mavrogenous square in the main town.
Many Mykonians left the island to work in mainland Greece and many foreign countries. Tourism soon came to dominate the economy, owing a lot to the important excavations carried out by the French School of Archaeology. In the 1930s many famous artists and wealthy Europeans began spending their vacations on the island, temporarily suspended during the Second World War, tourists once again rushed to Mykonos luxurious shores in the 1950s and have not stopped since. In Greek mythology, the Mykonos was named after its first ruler, the son or grandson of the god Apollo and a local hero
Kalymnos (regional unit)
Kalymnos is one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of the region of South Aegean, the regional unit covers the islands of Kalymnos, Astypalaia, Leros and several smaller islands in the Aegean Sea. As a part of the 2011 Kallikratis government reform, the regional unit Kalymnos was created out of part of the former Dodecanese Prefecture and it is subdivided into 6 municipalities. These are, Agathonisi Astypalaia Kalymnos Leipsoi Leros Patmos The province of Kalymnos was one of the provinces of the Dodecanese Prefecture and it had the same territory as the present regional unit
Astypalaia, is a Greek island with 1,334 residents. It belongs to the Dodecanese, an archipelago of twelve major islands in the southeastern Aegean Sea, the island is 18 kilometres long,13 kilometres wide at the most, and covers an area of 97 km2. Along with numerous smaller uninhabited islets, it forms the Municipality of Astypalaia. The municipality has an area of 114.077 km2, the capital and the previous main harbour of the island is Astypalaia or Chora, as it is called by the locals. Astypalaia was believed to be named after Astypalaea, an ancient Greek mythological figure, the island is known in Italian as Stampalia and in Ottoman Turkish as İstanbulya The coasts of Astypalaia are rocky with many small pebble-strewn beaches. A small band of land of roughly 126 metres wide almost separates the island in two sections at Sterno, a new harbour has been built in Agios Andreas on the mid island from where now the connections are west and east with Piraeus and the other islands of the Dodecanese.
Flight connections with Athens from the close to Maltezana. The island was colonized by Megara or possibly Epidaurus, and its governing system, pliny the Elder records that Rome accorded Astypalaia the status of a free state. It was assigned to the Aegean Roman province of Insulae, during the Middle Ages it belonged to the Byzantines until 1207, when - in the aftermath of the Fourth Crusade - it became a fief of the Querini, a noble Venetian family, until 1522. The Querini built a castle that is still in place and added the name of the island to their family name, which became Querini Stampalia. On April 12,1912, during the Italo-Turkish War, a detachment of the Regia Marina landed on Astypalaia, from there the Italians, on the night between the 3rd and 4 May, landed on Rhodes. The island remained under Italian governance until World War II, in 1947, through the Treaty of Paris, it became part of Greece along with the rest of the Dodecanese island group. The religious and political center of the classical city-state of Astypalaia was the crowned by the Querini castle.
The modern town of Chora occupies the site, and worked stones from ancient monuments are reused in older houses as well as the castle. A one-room museum at Pera Gialos, on the shore near the old port, displays inscriptions, grave monuments, the earliest material on display is fragments of neolithic pottery. One case contains intact pottery, bronze weapons, and stone tools from a pair of richly furnished Mycenaean chamber tombs excavated at Armenochori, at Kylindra, on the west flank of the castle hill, a unique graveyard has been excavated by the Greek archaeological service. At least 2700 newborns and small children, below the age of two, were buried in ceramic pots between approximately 750 B. C. and Roman times. Since 2000, a team from University College London has undertaken systematic study of these remains and they dated the nearby adult cemetery, from the Geometric to the Roman Period
Milos or Melos is a volcanic Greek island in the Aegean Sea, just north of the Sea of Crete. Milos is the southwesternmost island in the Cyclades group, the island is famous for the statue of Aphrodite, and for statues of the Greek god Asclepius, the Poseidon and an archaic Apollo in Athens. Milos is a popular tourist destination during the summer, the Municipality of Milos includes the uninhabited offshore islands of Antimilos and Akradies. The combined land area is 160.147 square kilometres and the 2011 census population was 4,977 inhabitants, obsidian from Milos was a commodity as early as 15,000 years ago. The mining of obsidian did not lead to the development of permanent habitation or manufacturing on the island, those in search of obsidian arrived by boat, beaching it in a suitable cove and cutting pieces of the volcanic glass from the quarries. The position of Milos, between mainland Greece and Crete, and its possession of obsidian, made it an important centre of early Aegean civilisation, Milos lost its arms-making importance when bronze became the preferred material for the manufacture of weapons.
The first settlement at Phylakopi arose in the Bronze Age, flourishing as the extraction of obsidian was in the decline, the first settlers were tuna fishermen. The famous fresco of the fish was found in the ruins of the Pillar room and was executed with delicate colouring. Stylistic similarities to Minoan frescoes are suggested, and it could perhaps have been the work of a Cretan artist, part of the site has been washed away by the sea. The antiquities found at the site covered three major periods, from the Early Cycladic period to the Mycenaean period, at the site much pottery was excavated, with several changing styles and influences over the sites long occupation. In the early occupation of the site, there are similarities and imports from other Cycladic islands. The quantities found at the Cycladic sites have taken to suggest a Minoan control over the region. At Phylakopi a Megaron structure, which is associated with the Mycenaean palaces, such as those at Tiryns, Pylos. This has been taken to suggest that the Mycenaeans conquered the settlement, the evidence is not clear, though again it could be a legacy of the islanders adopting foreign elements into their culture.
Particularly unexpected was the discovery in the 1970s of a shrine at the site, the shrine is unprecedented in the Bronze Age Cyclades and has provided a valuable insight ito the beliefs and rituals of the inhabitants of Phylakopi. The site was abandoned and was never reoccupied. The first Dorian settlement on Melos was established no earlier than the 1st millennium BC, dorians are the ethnic group to which the Spartans belonged, but the Dorian settlers of Melos made themselves independent. They eventually established a city whose site lies on the shore of the bay
Kasos is a Greek island municipality in the Dodecanese. It is the southernmost island in the Aegean Sea, and is part of the Karpathos regional unit, as of 2011, its population was 1,084. The island has known in Italian as Caso. Kasos lies SW of Karpathos, between this island and Crete, adjacent to the island is the Strait of Kasos, through which some of the Modified Atlantic Water enters the Sea of Crete. Its shape is elliptic and resembles that of Rhodes, the main island has a surface of 49 square kilometres, and it is 17 km long and 6 km wide. It is very mountainous, its highest mount being Mt. Prionas, there is fresh water on the island. The municipality of Kasos includes several uninhabited islands, the largest of which are Armathia. Its total land area is 69.464 square kilometres and it has five villages, Agia Marina, Panagia and Arvanitochori. Fry is the capital and home to the harbor, Agia Marina is most populous village. The airport is located close to Fry and is big enough for an ATR42 to land, Kasos is notable for its lack of large scale tourism, the quality of its fish and other culinary specialties, and its hospitality toward visitors.
In ancient times, Kasos was used as a safe harbor by the Philistines, the first known settlements are Minoan and Mycenaean in origin. According to Homer, Kasos contributed ships toward the Trojan War, during Classical Antiquity it closely followed the history of nearby Karpathos. It remained for over a thousand years within the predominately Greek speaking Eastern Roman Empire, after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, through late antiquity, along with Karpathos, it was subjected from 1306 until 1537 to the Venetian Cornaro family. Thereafter Kasos was conquered by the Ottoman Turks, Kasos had been the first island to declare independence during the Greek Revolution and supported the cause with its fleet of ships. In 1824, Mehmet Ali, the Pasha of Egypt, furious with the Kasiots, the Egyptian armada burned the entire island and killed most of the population. The islands population recovered as did its economy, still based on shipping. The introduction of ships made Kasos shipyard redundant and its economy suffered accordingly.
Beginning in the half of the 19th century, many emigrated from Kasos, initially to Egypt, to Istanbul, Greece, USA
Symi, transliterated as Syme or Simi, is a Greek island and municipality. It is mountainous and includes the town of Symi and its adjacent upper town Ano Symi, as well as several smaller localities, beaches. Symi is part of the Rhodes regional unit, the economy of Symi was traditionally based on the shipbuilding and sponge industries. The population reached 22,500 at its peak during that period, symis main industry is now tourism, and its permanent population has declined to 2,500, with a larger population during the summer. Geographically, Symi is part of the Dodecanese island chain, located about 41 kilometres north-northwest of Rhodes and its nearest land neighbors are the Datça and Bozburun peninsulas of Muğla Province in Turkey. Its interior is dotted with valleys, and its coastline alternates between rocky cliffs and beaches, and isolated coves. Its main town, located on the northeast coast, is named Symi and consists of the town around the harbour, typically referred to as Yialos. Other inhabited localities are Pedi, Nimborio and Panormitis, Panormitis is the location of the islands famous monastery which is visited by people from all over the world, and many Greeks pay homage to St Michael of Panormitis each year.
The island has 2,580 inhabitants, mostly engaged in tourism, fishing, in the tourist season which lasts from Easter until Panormitis Day in early November and day-trippers increase the number of people on the island to as much as 6000. In addition to its historical sites, the islands isolated beaches. The Municipality of Sými includes the offshore islets of Gialesíno, Diavátes, Kouloúndros, Marmarás, Nímos, Sesklío. Its total land area is 65.754 square kilometres, in Homers Iliad the island is mentioned as the domain of King Nireus, who fought in the Trojan War on the side of the Greeks. Little was known about the island until the 14th century, but archaeological evidence indicates that it was continuously inhabited and it was first part of the Roman Empire and the Byzantine Empire, until its conquest by the Knights of St. John in 1309. The island was conquered from the Knights by the Ottoman Empire in 1522 but it was allowed to many of its privileges. Under the Ottomans the island was called Sömbeki, Symi was noted for its sponges which provided much of its wealth.
It attained the height of its prosperity in the mid 19th century, although Symiots took part in the Greek War of Independence of 1821–1829, it was left out of the new Greek state when its borders were drawn up and so remained under Ottoman rule. The island was ceded to Italy in 1923, and on 12 October 1943 it was occupied by the Nazis. At the end of World War II, the surrender of German forces in the region took place on Symi to the British, Symi was finally rejoined with Greece in 1948
Sifnos is an island municipality in the Cyclades island group in Greece. The main town, near the center, known as Apollonia, is home of the folklore museum. The towns name is thought to come from an ancient temple of Apollo on the site of the church of Panayia Yeraniofora. The second-largest town is Artemonas, thought to be named after an ancient temple of Apollos sister-goddess Artemis, the village of Kastro, was the capital of the island during ancient times until 1836. It is built on top of a cliff on the islands east shore. The port settlement, on the west coast of the island is known as Kamares, Sifnos lies in the Cyclades between Serifos and Milos, west of Delos and Paros, about 130 km from Piraeus. The municipality has an area of 73.942 square kilometres and is 15 km long and 7.5 km wide and it has a shoreline of 70 km, with a permanent population of 2,625. The island is reached on the ferries which run on the Piraeus- Kythnos- Serifos- Sifnos- Milos- Kimolos line, There are infrequent sailings to other islands in the Cyclades.
Sifnos was inhabited by beings from at least 4000 BCE. Archeological evidence indicates the island was within the mainstream of Late Neolithic, the island was very wealthy in ancient times, thanks to its gold and lead, which were being mined there as early as the 3rd millennium BCE. Proof of this is the treasury which the Siphnians built at Delphi in the 6th century BCE to house their offerings. According to Pausanias, these mines were obliterated by floods in ancient times, modern scholars suggest that some of the mines flooded because they had eventually been dug to a depth below sea level, while the majority of them, situated far from the sea, were probably exhausted. Remains of ancient mines, some dating back to times, are still to be seen on the island. Sostis, and remains of ancient fortifications, dating from the millennium to the sixth century BCE, have been found at Ay. During the extensive Greek migrations which occurred beginning perhaps as early as the 12th century BCE, the island appears only rarely in the subsequent ancient history of Greece.
In the sixth century BCE it was invaded by pirates from Samos, in the fifth century BCE, Sifnos was an official member of the Greek defensive alliance formed to fight the Persian Wars. In the next century the island was taken over by the Persians. The verb to play the Siphnian appears in a fragment of Aristophanes, the Corognas ruled Sifnos for over a hundred years, around 1440 as a result of a dynastic marriage power over the island passed to a Bolognese family, the Gozzadini, who ruled until 1617
Paros is a Greek island in the central Aegean Sea. One of the Cyclades island group, it lies to the west of Naxos and it lies approximately 150 km south-east of Piraeus. The Municipality of Paros includes numerous uninhabited offshore islets totaling 196.308 square kilometres of land and its nearest neighbor is the municipality of Antiparos, which lies to its southwest. Historically, Paros was known for its white marble, which gave rise to the term Parian to describe marble or china of similar qualities. Today, abandoned quarries and mines can be found on the island. Paros geographic co-ordinates are 37° N. lat, and 25°10 E. long and its greatest length from N. E. to S. W. is 21 km, and its greatest breadth 15 km. The island is of a round, plump-pear shape, formed by a single mountain sloping evenly down on all sides to a maritime plain, the island is composed of marble, though gneiss and mica-schist are to be found in a few places. To the west of Paros lies its smaller sister island Antiparos, at its narrowest, the channel between the two islands is less than 2 km wide.
A car-carrying shuttle-ferry operates all day, in addition a dozen smaller islets surround Paros. Paros has numerous beaches including Chrissí Aktí near Drios on the east coast, at Pounda, Piso Livadi, Naousa Bay, the constant strong wind in the strait between Paros and Naxos makes it a favoured windsurfing location. Ancient names of the island are said to have been Plateia, Strongyli, Hyleessa, the island received from Athens a colony of Ionians under whom it attained a high degree of prosperity. It sent out colonies to Thasos and Parium on the Hellespont, in the former colony, which was planted in the 15th or 18th Olympiad, the poet Archilochus, a native of Paros, is said to have taken part. As late as 385 BC the Parians, in conjunction with Dionysius of Syracuse, shortly before the Persian War, Paros seems to have been a dependency of Naxos. In the first Greco-Persian War, Paros sided with the Persians, in retaliation, the capital was besieged by an Athenian fleet under Miltiades, who demanded a fine of 100 talents.
But the town offered a vigorous resistance, and the Athenians were obliged to sail away after a siege of 26 days and it was at a temple of Demeter Thesmophoros in Paros that Miltiades received the wound from which he died. By means of an inscription, Ross was able to identify the site of the temple, it lies, as Herodotus suggests, for their support of the Persians, the islanders were punished by the Athenian war leader Themistocles, who exacted a heavy fine. Under the Delian League, the Athenian-dominated naval confederacy, Paros paid the highest tribute of the members,30 talents annually. This implies that Paros was one of the wealthiest islands in the Aegean, little is known about the constitution of Paros, but inscriptions seem to show that it was modeled on the Athenian democracy, with a boule at the head of affairs