Corinth and Argos are two ancient Cities in Greece that figured well in the nation’s history as well as mythological accounts. Both cities are coastal areas and has sparked interest in many archaeological projects.

Corinth and Argos

Greek mythology offers two founders for the city of Corinth – Corinthos, descendant of the sun god Helios; and Ephyra, daughter of the titan (giant) Oceanus, who was honored in the ancient name of Corinth, Ephyra.

Corinth and ArgosCorinth was famous for its mythological Corinthian Kings, like Sysyphus who was later casted off to haul a rock boulder off a hill for eternity. Corinth was also the place for the tragedy of Medea and Jason, the famous Argonaut. The Corinthians were a prominent army force in the Trojan War under the leadership of King Agamemnon.

Argos, on the other hand, lies in the harbor of Nafplio and thus, emerged as a powerful naval force. Argos got its name from its mythological founder Argos, son of Zeus and Niobe, daughter of Phrygian King Tantalus. The fertile plains of Argolis, the name of the Argos region, enticed early Grecian settlements in the area.

Despite being a major stronghold with land and water forces, Argos tried to stay neutral in the conflicts between other Grecian cities, like Sparta versus Athens, and even refused to support Greece in the Greco-Persian War. Eventually, the city of Sparta overcame Argos in terms of military force.

Corinth and Argos

Today, Corinth, and Argos as well, play an important part in fueling the economy of Greece. Corinth is the capital of the Corinthia prefecture and the Port of Corinth is an important international trade hub in Europe. Meanwhile, Argos is the seat of the entire Argos province, and is a prime agricultural territory of Greece as well as a famous tourist destination.