Τα στοιχεία που υπάρχουν για τους κατοπινούς αιώνες ουσιαστικά είναι ελάχιστα, αφού όπως φαίνεται η Τάφος παύει να είναι ανεξάρτητο βασίλειο κι έτσι η μοίρα της συμπλέει μ’ αυτή της Λευκάδας. Ιδιαίτερα μετά την έλευση των Κορινθίων τον 7ο αιώνα π.Χ., οπότε γίνεται αποικία και σύμμαχός της, η ναυτική και στρατιωτική της δύναμη ακολουθεί στις εχθροπραξίες τους Κορίνθιους. Πράγματι η Λευκάδα συμμετέχει στους Περσικούς Πολέμους στέλνοντας τρία πλοία στη Σαλαμίνα και στρατό στις Πλαταιές. [20] Κατά τον Πελοποννησιακό πόλεμο μοιραία είναι με το μέρος των Κορινθίων και άρα των συμμάχων τους Σπαρτιατών, που είχαν ανάγκη εμπειροπόλεμων ναυτικών δυνάμεων.

Στην Ελληνιστική εποχή η Λευκάδα προσχωρεί στο «Κοινό των Ακαρνάνων» και γίνεται η πρωτεύουσά του (272-168 π.Χ.) [21]. Προφανώς σε αυτή τη συνομοσπονδία συμμετέχει κι η Τάφος. Μετά το 168 π.Χ. και την έλευση των Ρωμαίων η περιοχή φθίνει και παρακμάζει. Πάντως θεωρείται διαμετακομιστικός σταθμός, όπως φαίνεται από το πέρασμα του Απολλώνιου του Τυανέα κατά την επιστροφή του από τη Ρώμη [22]. Ο Πλίνιος ο Πρεσβύτερος ονομάζει το Μεγανήσι Ταφιούσα. Υποστηρίζει ότι σε αυτό βρίσκονται θαυματουργές λίθοι.

«Του τέταρτου είδους καλείται Ταφιώτικος. Βγαίνει κοντά στη Λευκάδα, στην Ταφιούσα (…)Βρίσκεται στις ποταμιές και είναι στρογγυλός και λευκός» [23].

 

Κατά τη Βυζαντινή εποχή όλη η περιοχή αποτελεί θέμα (ήτοι φέουδο) και υπάγεται διοικητικά στο Δεσποτάτο της Ηπείρου. Έκτοτε η Λευκάδα αλλάζει πολλούς αφέντες, αφού περνά από τα χέρια των Ορσίνι (κόμητες της Κεφαλονιάς), της δυναστείας των Ανδεγαυών της Νάπολης (που ήταν κι αυτοί που της έδωσαν το όνομα Σάντα Μάουρα, από τη Γαλλίδα προστάτιδα αγία τους), του Βάλτερου Βρυέννιου, του Γρατιανού Τζώρτζη και των Τόκκων. Την εποχή του Βενετσιάνου Τζώρτζη, το 1357, ξεσπά και η εξέγερση των χωρικών γνωστή και ως «επανάσταση της βουκέντρας», που πέντε αιώνες αργότερα θα εμπνεύσει στον Αριστοτέλη Βαλαωρίτη το «Φωτεινό» [24]. Ο Φλωρεντινός ιερέας Κ. Μπουοντελμόντι αναφέρει στις ταξιδιωτικές του περιγραφές στα μέσα του 16ου αιώνα:

«Τελικά, στα ανατολικά [της Λευκάδας] εμφανίζονται μερικά ακαλλιέργητα νησιά που κάποτε κατοικούνταν από Αδελφούς [καλόγερους;], μα που σαν αποτέλεσμα πειρατικών επιθέσεων τώρα πια έχουν ερημωθεί» [25].

Σε μια περίοδο λοιπόν κατεξοχήν φεουδαρχική το Μεγανήσι κρατάει λιγοστούς κατοίκους, κι αυτούς όχι μόνιμα. Τα καλλιεργήσιμα εδάφη είναι περιορισμένα και συνήθως ανήκουν σε ιδιοκτήτες από το Κατωχώρι, τον Πόρο ή το Φτερνό. Ας μην ξεχνούμε ότι η έλλειψη πολιτικής σταθερότητας αφήνει το περιθώριο για κύματα πειρατικών επιδρομών, καθιστώντας το απροστάτευτο Μεγανήσι πρόσφορο στόχο πλιάτσικου. Το δημώδες άσμα:

«Τούρλος λαόν εγλίτωσε

και πάλιν θα γλιτώσει»

που επέζησε της φθοράς του χρόνου, καθώς και κάποια τοπωνύμια, μαρτυρούν ότι υπήρχαν έστω και υποτυπώδεις οχυρώσεις, ιδιαίτερα στην κορυφή του Τούρλου (παραφθορά του Τρούλου), όπου σώζεται ακόμα πέτρινο χαμηλό τείχος, προφανώς για αμυντικούς λόγους [26].

 

Σημαντικό ρόλο στη ζωή του νησιού γι’ αυτήν την περίοδο φαίνεται να παίζει το μοναστήρι του Αγίου Ιωάννη που, όπως όλες οι μονές της εποχής, δεν επιτελεί μόνο το ποιμενικό του έργο μα διατηρεί και αρχονταρίκι για τη φιλοξενία ταξιδιωτών και ασφαλώς συμμετέχει ενεργά στην κοινωνική και εμπορική δραστηριότητα (π.χ. πανηγύρια). Η εκκλησία καταστρέφεται περίπου το 1477/9 (προφανώς από την έλευση των Τούρκων και τον εξανδραποδισμό όλης της Λευκάδας), όπως μαρτυρά η επιγραφή στο δυτικό υπέρθυρο :

«1877. ΜΕΤΑ 400 ΕΤΕΙ ΑΝΑΚΕΝΗΣΘΕΙ» [27].

Η σημερινή του μορφή δεν επιτρέπει κανενός είδους ασφαλές συμπέρασμα για την πρώτη εκκλησία, όμως οι αρχαιολογικές εκτιμήσεις τοποθετούν την ίδρυσή της τουλάχιστον δύο αιώνες πριν την καταστροφή του 15ου αιώνα [28]. Ο Άγιος Κωνσταντίνος αποτέλεσε μετόχι του Αγίου Ιωάννη [29] και το χτιστό του τέμπλο τοποθετεί στον 14ο αιώνα την οικοδόμησή του, αν και οι παλαιότερες τοιχογραφίες που σώζονται –έστω και σε θλιβερή κατάσταση- είναι του 17ου αιώνα [30].

The first findings of human inhabitance in Meganisi date back to the Neolithic Age.

 

Meganisi was known as Taphos or Tafias in ancient times and belonged to the so-called Tafia Islands. This name was taken from Taphos, who was the son of Poseidon and ruler of the region. Taphos ruled his subjects with wisdom, followed by his son Mentes. Numerous reports about Meganisi are found from antiquity, beginning with the ancient poet Homer (Iliad II, 652-630), they took part in the Trojan War with 40 ships, a number that confirms that the island in the time of the Homeric epics was a powerful naval power.

During the Bronze Age, it was the centre of a pirate tribe called Televoes, who was also called Tafioi by the ancient name of Meganisi and had dominated the surrounding sea.

https://ckastamonitis.com/2013/08/15/istoria-tis-nisoy-tafos-meganisi/

Recent archaeological excavations in the southern part near Cape Kefali have uncovered an untouched Mycenaean tomb (1600–1100 BC) part of a larger organized Mycenaean colony with a city, citadel and cemetery, which may change the historical data of the wider area.

According to some Latin writers, the ancient island of Capria, the modern island of Capri in Italy, used to be the colony of the Taphians. The history of Meganisi had always been connected with the neighbouring Lefkada from the ancient times up to the present. From the 7th century BC until the Roman conquest in 197 BC, Meganisi was a Corinthian colony.

After the fall of Constantinople in 1204 to the Crusaders, the island was given to the Venetians, but soon it was included into the dominion of Epirus. The island came into the hands of the French in the year 1294 until 1479. Until the return of the Venetians in 1684, Meganisi along with Lefkada was into the hands of the Turks. The islands passed on to the hands of the French in the year 1797. A year later, the island fell under the Turkish-Russian rule. From 1807 to 1809 Meganisi was conquered by the imperial French only to fall in the hands of British in 1810.

 

During the Greek Revolution in 1821 against the Ottoman Empire, Meganisi was actively involved, as it was a refuge for major Greek Heroes, Theodoros Kolokotronis, Georgios Karaiskakis and Odysseus Androutsos. Meganisi is proud because is the birthplace of Demos Tselios (Demetrios Ferentinos) who was one of the most competent leaders of the 1821 Greek Revolution. There is also a well known traditional rebellious song under his name "Ghero Demo" (Spartachori, Meganisi 1785 - Agrinio 1854).

 

At the southwestern end is the famous Papanikolis Cave, with a depth of about thirty meters and a sandy beach inside, where it was one of the hiding places of the Greek submarine Papanikolis, during World War II.

Meganisi and Lefkada, as well as the rest of the Eptanisa, were united with Greece on the 21-05-1864 after the end of the British occupation.

The first findings of human inhabitance in Meganisi date back to the Neolithic Age.

 

Meganisi was known as Taphos or Tafias in ancient times and belonged to the so-called Tafia Islands. This name was taken from Taphos, who was the son of Poseidon and ruler of the region. Taphos ruled his subjects with wisdom, followed by his son Mentes. Numerous reports about Meganisi are found from antiquity, beginning with the ancient poet Homer (Iliad II, 652-630), they took part in the Trojan War with 40 ships, a number that confirms that the island in the time of the Homeric epics was a powerful naval power.

During the Bronze Age, it was the centre of a pirate tribe called Televoes, who was also called Tafioi by the ancient name of Meganisi and had dominated the surrounding sea.

https://ckastamonitis.com/2013/08/15/istoria-tis-nisoy-tafos-meganisi/

Recent archaeological excavations in the southern part near Cape Kefali have uncovered an untouched Mycenaean tomb (1600–1100 BC) part of a larger organized Mycenaean colony with a city, citadel and cemetery, which may change the historical data of the wider area.

According to some Latin writers, the ancient island of Capria, the modern island of Capri in Italy, used to be the colony of the Taphians. The history of Meganisi had always been connected with the neighbouring Lefkada from the ancient times up to the present. From the 7th century BC until the Roman conquest in 197 BC, Meganisi was a Corinthian colony.

After the fall of Constantinople in 1204 to the Crusaders, the island was given to the Venetians, but soon it was included into the dominion of Epirus. The island came into the hands of the French in the year 1294 until 1479. Until the return of the Venetians in 1684, Meganisi along with Lefkada was into the hands of the Turks. The islands passed on to the hands of the French in the year 1797. A year later, the island fell under the Turkish-Russian rule. From 1807 to 1809 Meganisi was conquered by the imperial French only to fall in the hands of British in 1810.

 

During the Greek Revolution in 1821 against the Ottoman Empire, Meganisi was actively involved, as it was a refuge for major Greek Heroes, Theodoros Kolokotronis, Georgios Karaiskakis and Odysseus Androutsos. Meganisi is proud because is the birthplace of Demos Tselios (Demetrios Ferentinos) who was one of the most competent leaders of the 1821 Greek Revolution. There is also a well known traditional rebellious song under his name "Ghero Demo" (Spartachori, Meganisi 1785 - Agrinio 1854).

 

At the southwestern end is the famous Papanikolis Cave, with a depth of about thirty meters and a sandy beach inside, where it was one of the hiding places of the Greek submarine Papanikolis, during World War II.

Meganisi and Lefkada, as well as the rest of the Eptanisa, were united with Greece on the 21-05-1864 after the end of the British occupation.

The first findings of human inhabitance in Meganisi date back to the Neolithic Age.

 

Meganisi was known as Taphos or Tafias in ancient times and belonged to the so-called Tafia Islands. This name was taken from Taphos, who was the son of Poseidon and ruler of the region. Taphos ruled his subjects with wisdom, followed by his son Mentes. Numerous reports about Meganisi are found from antiquity, beginning with the ancient poet Homer (Iliad II, 652-630), they took part in the Trojan War with 40 ships, a number that confirms that the island in the time of the Homeric epics was a powerful naval power.

During the Bronze Age, it was the centre of a pirate tribe called Televoes, who was also called Tafioi by the ancient name of Meganisi and had dominated the surrounding sea.

https://ckastamonitis.com/2013/08/15/istoria-tis-nisoy-tafos-meganisi/

Recent archaeological excavations in the southern part near Cape Kefali have uncovered an untouched Mycenaean tomb (1600–1100 BC) part of a larger organized Mycenaean colony with a city, citadel and cemetery, which may change the historical data of the wider area.

According to some Latin writers, the ancient island of Capria, the modern island of Capri in Italy, used to be the colony of the Taphians. The history of Meganisi had always been connected with the neighbouring Lefkada from the ancient times up to the present. From the 7th century BC until the Roman conquest in 197 BC, Meganisi was a Corinthian colony.

After the fall of Constantinople in 1204 to the Crusaders, the island was given to the Venetians, but soon it was included into the dominion of Epirus. The island came into the hands of the French in the year 1294 until 1479. Until the return of the Venetians in 1684, Meganisi along with Lefkada was into the hands of the Turks. The islands passed on to the hands of the French in the year 1797. A year later, the island fell under the Turkish-Russian rule. From 1807 to 1809 Meganisi was conquered by the imperial French only to fall in the hands of British in 1810.

 

During the Greek Revolution in 1821 against the Ottoman Empire, Meganisi was actively involved, as it was a refuge for major Greek Heroes, Theodoros Kolokotronis, Georgios Karaiskakis and Odysseus Androutsos. Meganisi is proud because is the birthplace of Demos Tselios (Demetrios Ferentinos) who was one of the most competent leaders of the 1821 Greek Revolution. There is also a well known traditional rebellious song under his name "Ghero Demo" (Spartachori, Meganisi 1785 - Agrinio 1854).

 

At the southwestern end is the famous Papanikolis Cave, with a depth of about thirty meters and a sandy beach inside, where it was one of the hiding places of the Greek submarine Papanikolis, during World War II.

Meganisi and Lefkada, as well as the rest of the Eptanisa, were united with Greece on the 21-05-1864 after the end of the British occupation.

The first findings of human inhabitance in Meganisi date back to the Neolithic Age.

 

Meganisi was known as Taphos or Tafias in ancient times and belonged to the so-called Tafia Islands. This name was taken from Taphos, who was the son of Poseidon and ruler of the region. Taphos ruled his subjects with wisdom, followed by his son Mentes. Numerous reports about Meganisi are found from antiquity, beginning with the ancient poet Homer (Iliad II, 652-630), they took part in the Trojan War with 40 ships, a number that confirms that the island in the time of the Homeric epics was a powerful naval power.

During the Bronze Age, it was the centre of a pirate tribe called Televoes, who was also called Tafioi by the ancient name of Meganisi and had dominated the surrounding sea.

https://ckastamonitis.com/2013/08/15/istoria-tis-nisoy-tafos-meganisi/

Recent archaeological excavations in the southern part near Cape Kefali have uncovered an untouched Mycenaean tomb (1600–1100 BC) part of a larger organized Mycenaean colony with a city, citadel and cemetery, which may change the historical data of the wider area.

According to some Latin writers, the ancient island of Capria, the modern island of Capri in Italy, used to be the colony of the Taphians. The history of Meganisi had always been connected with the neighbouring Lefkada from the ancient times up to the present. From the 7th century BC until the Roman conquest in 197 BC, Meganisi was a Corinthian colony.

After the fall of Constantinople in 1204 to the Crusaders, the island was given to the Venetians, but soon it was included into the dominion of Epirus. The island came into the hands of the French in the year 1294 until 1479. Until the return of the Venetians in 1684, Meganisi along with Lefkada was into the hands of the Turks. The islands passed on to the hands of the French in the year 1797. A year later, the island fell under the Turkish-Russian rule. From 1807 to 1809 Meganisi was conquered by the imperial French only to fall in the hands of British in 1810.

 

During the Greek Revolution in 1821 against the Ottoman Empire, Meganisi was actively involved, as it was a refuge for major Greek Heroes, Theodoros Kolokotronis, Georgios Karaiskakis and Odysseus Androutsos. Meganisi is proud because is the birthplace of Demos Tselios (Demetrios Ferentinos) who was one of the most competent leaders of the 1821 Greek Revolution. There is also a well known traditional rebellious song under his name "Ghero Demo" (Spartachori, Meganisi 1785 - Agrinio 1854).

 

At the southwestern end is the famous Papanikolis Cave, with a depth of about thirty meters and a sandy beach inside, where it was one of the hiding places of the Greek submarine Papanikolis, during World War II.

Meganisi and Lefkada, as well as the rest of the Eptanisa, were united with Greece on the 21-05-1864 after the end of the British occupation.

The first findings of human inhabitance in Meganisi date back to the Neolithic Age.

 

Meganisi was known as Taphos or Tafias in ancient times and belonged to the so-called Tafia Islands. This name was taken from Taphos, who was the son of Poseidon and ruler of the region. Taphos ruled his subjects with wisdom, followed by his son Mentes. Numerous reports about Meganisi are found from antiquity, beginning with the ancient poet Homer (Iliad II, 652-630), they took part in the Trojan War with 40 ships, a number that confirms that the island in the time of the Homeric epics was a powerful naval power.

During the Bronze Age, it was the centre of a pirate tribe called Televoes, who was also called Tafioi by the ancient name of Meganisi and had dominated the surrounding sea.

https://ckastamonitis.com/2013/08/15/istoria-tis-nisoy-tafos-meganisi/

Recent archaeological excavations in the southern part near Cape Kefali have uncovered an untouched Mycenaean tomb (1600–1100 BC) part of a larger organized Mycenaean colony with a city, citadel and cemetery, which may change the historical data of the wider area.

According to some Latin writers, the ancient island of Capria, the modern island of Capri in Italy, used to be the colony of the Taphians. The history of Meganisi had always been connected with the neighbouring Lefkada from the ancient times up to the present. From the 7th century BC until the Roman conquest in 197 BC, Meganisi was a Corinthian colony.

After the fall of Constantinople in 1204 to the Crusaders, the island was given to the Venetians, but soon it was included into the dominion of Epirus. The island came into the hands of the French in the year 1294 until 1479. Until the return of the Venetians in 1684, Meganisi along with Lefkada was into the hands of the Turks. The islands passed on to the hands of the French in the year 1797. A year later, the island fell under the Turkish-Russian rule. From 1807 to 1809 Meganisi was conquered by the imperial French only to fall in the hands of British in 1810.

 

During the Greek Revolution in 1821 against the Ottoman Empire, Meganisi was actively involved, as it was a refuge for major Greek Heroes, Theodoros Kolokotronis, Georgios Karaiskakis and Odysseus Androutsos. Meganisi is proud because is the birthplace of Demos Tselios (Demetrios Ferentinos) who was one of the most competent leaders of the 1821 Greek Revolution. There is also a well known traditional rebellious song under his name "Ghero Demo" (Spartachori, Meganisi 1785 - Agrinio 1854).

 

At the southwestern end is the famous Papanikolis Cave, with a depth of about thirty meters and a sandy beach inside, where it was one of the hiding places of the Greek submarine Papanikolis, during World War II.

Meganisi and Lefkada, as well as the rest of the Eptanisa, were united with Greece on the 21-05-1864 after the end of the British occupation.

The first findings of human inhabitance in Meganisi date back to the Neolithic Age.

 

Meganisi was known as Taphos or Tafias in ancient times and belonged to the so-called Tafia Islands. This name was taken from Taphos, who was the son of Poseidon and ruler of the region. Taphos ruled his subjects with wisdom, followed by his son Mentes. Numerous reports about Meganisi are found from antiquity, beginning with the ancient poet Homer (Iliad II, 652-630), they took part in the Trojan War with 40 ships, a number that confirms that the island in the time of the Homeric epics was a powerful naval power.

During the Bronze Age, it was the centre of a pirate tribe called Televoes, who was also called Tafioi by the ancient name of Meganisi and had dominated the surrounding sea.

https://ckastamonitis.com/2013/08/15/istoria-tis-nisoy-tafos-meganisi/

Recent archaeological excavations in the southern part near Cape Kefali have uncovered an untouched Mycenaean tomb (1600–1100 BC) part of a larger organized Mycenaean colony with a city, citadel and cemetery, which may change the historical data of the wider area.

According to some Latin writers, the ancient island of Capria, the modern island of Capri in Italy, used to be the colony of the Taphians. The history of Meganisi had always been connected with the neighbouring Lefkada from the ancient times up to the present. From the 7th century BC until the Roman conquest in 197 BC, Meganisi was a Corinthian colony.

After the fall of Constantinople in 1204 to the Crusaders, the island was given to the Venetians, but soon it was included into the dominion of Epirus. The island came into the hands of the French in the year 1294 until 1479. Until the return of the Venetians in 1684, Meganisi along with Lefkada was into the hands of the Turks. The islands passed on to the hands of the French in the year 1797. A year later, the island fell under the Turkish-Russian rule. From 1807 to 1809 Meganisi was conquered by the imperial French only to fall in the hands of British in 1810.

 

During the Greek Revolution in 1821 against the Ottoman Empire, Meganisi was actively involved, as it was a refuge for major Greek Heroes, Theodoros Kolokotronis, Georgios Karaiskakis and Odysseus Androutsos. Meganisi is proud because is the birthplace of Demos Tselios (Demetrios Ferentinos) who was one of the most competent leaders of the 1821 Greek Revolution. There is also a well known traditional rebellious song under his name "Ghero Demo" (Spartachori, Meganisi 1785 - Agrinio 1854).

 

At the southwestern end is the famous Papanikolis Cave, with a depth of about thirty meters and a sandy beach inside, where it was one of the hiding places of the Greek submarine Papanikolis, during World War II.

Meganisi and Lefkada, as well as the rest of the Eptanisa, were united with Greece on the 21-05-1864 after the end of the British occupation.

The first findings of human inhabitance in Meganisi date back to the Neolithic Age.

 

Meganisi was known as Taphos or Tafias in ancient times and belonged to the so-called Tafia Islands. This name was taken from Taphos, who was the son of Poseidon and ruler of the region. Taphos ruled his subjects with wisdom, followed by his son Mentes. Numerous reports about Meganisi are found from antiquity, beginning with the ancient poet Homer (Iliad II, 652-630), they took part in the Trojan War with 40 ships, a number that confirms that the island in the time of the Homeric epics was a powerful naval power.

During the Bronze Age, it was the centre of a pirate tribe called Televoes, who was also called Tafioi by the ancient name of Meganisi and had dominated the surrounding sea.

https://ckastamonitis.com/2013/08/15/istoria-tis-nisoy-tafos-meganisi/

Recent archaeological excavations in the southern part near Cape Kefali have uncovered an untouched Mycenaean tomb (1600–1100 BC) part of a larger organized Mycenaean colony with a city, citadel and cemetery, which may change the historical data of the wider area.

According to some Latin writers, the ancient island of Capria, the modern island of Capri in Italy, used to be the colony of the Taphians. The history of Meganisi had always been connected with the neighbouring Lefkada from the ancient times up to the present. From the 7th century BC until the Roman conquest in 197 BC, Meganisi was a Corinthian colony.

After the fall of Constantinople in 1204 to the Crusaders, the island was given to the Venetians, but soon it was included into the dominion of Epirus. The island came into the hands of the French in the year 1294 until 1479. Until the return of the Venetians in 1684, Meganisi along with Lefkada was into the hands of the Turks. The islands passed on to the hands of the French in the year 1797. A year later, the island fell under the Turkish-Russian rule. From 1807 to 1809 Meganisi was conquered by the imperial French only to fall in the hands of British in 1810.

 

During the Greek Revolution in 1821 against the Ottoman Empire, Meganisi was actively involved, as it was a refuge for major Greek Heroes, Theodoros Kolokotronis, Georgios Karaiskakis and Odysseus Androutsos. Meganisi is proud because is the birthplace of Demos Tselios (Demetrios Ferentinos) who was one of the most competent leaders of the 1821 Greek Revolution. There is also a well known traditional rebellious song under his name "Ghero Demo" (Spartachori, Meganisi 1785 - Agrinio 1854).

 

At the southwestern end is the famous Papanikolis Cave, with a depth of about thirty meters and a sandy beach inside, where it was one of the hiding places of the Greek submarine Papanikolis, during World War II.

Meganisi and Lefkada, as well as the rest of the Eptanisa, were united with Greece on the 21-05-1864 after the end of the British occupation.

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