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Elos (Greek: Έλος) is a village and a former municipality in Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Evrotas, of which it is a municipal unit.[1] It was called Durali until 1912. The population of the village is 920 people as of 2001. The municipal unit has 6,452 inhabitants. The seat of the municipality was in Vlachioti. The inhabitants work as farmers producing oranges and olive oil. The municipal unit has a coastline on the Laconian Gulf. The Evrotas River is west of Elos. The name dates back to ancient times. It is located W of Monemvasia, E of Gytheio and SE of Sparta.

Mythology

Pausanias (geographer) mentions a seaside city near Sparta called Helos, whose inhabitants were enslaved and became the helots[2]. Helos was founded by Helios, the younger son of Perseus[2]. The city was reduced by siege by the dorians, and their inhabitants became the first slaves of the of the Lacedemonian state[2].

Other

Elos has a school, a lyceum, a post office, and a square (plateia).

Municipality of Elos

Historical population
Year Municipal district Municipality
1981 756 -
1991 824 5,992
2001 920 6,452

References

^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
^ a b c Description of Greece, 3.20.6, by Pausanias (geographer)

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