In 430 BC, the Lacedaemonians made an unsuccessful assault upon Zakynthos. The Zakynthians are then enumerated among the autonomous allies of Athens within the disastrous Sicilian expedition. These exiles must have belonged to the anti-Spartan party as the Zakynthian rulers applied for help to the Spartans who despatched a fleet of 25 to the island. The ancient Greek poet Homer mentioned Zakynthos within the Iliad and the Odyssey, stating that its first inhabitants had been the son of King Dardanos of Arcadia, referred to as Zakynthos, and his men. Before being renamed Zakynthos, the island was stated to have been referred to as Hyrie.
According to some sources, all 275 Jews of Zakynthos survived the struggle. Both had been later acknowledged as Righteous among the many Nations by Yad Vashem. In contrast, over 80% of Greek Jews were deported to dying camps and perished in the Holocaust. The Athenian army commander Tolmides concluded an alliance with Zakynthos in the course of the First Peloponnesian War someday between 459 and 446 BC.
The principal agricultural products are olive oil, currants, grapes and citrus fruit. The Zante currant is a small sweet seedless grape that's native to the island. Zakynthos was hit by a 7.3-magnitude earthquake on 12 August 1953, destroying most of the buildings on the island.

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Zakynthos was then conquered by King Arkesios of Kefalonia, after which by Odysseus from I



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