PART 5 – Ch.XXXII.2
The Pelasgians or proto – Latins (Arimii)
(The southern Pelasgians)
2. Pelasgians in the islands of the
Carpathians and from the
The island Samothrace, from the same parts of the Aegean Sea, famous for the cult of the Cabiri or the Corybanti, where Dardanos, the second patriarch of the Trojan people, was the first to land, had in the beginning a Pelasgian population (Herodotus, lib. II. 51; Strabo, lib. VII. Fragm 49. 50). Delos, the holy island of Greek antiquity, where Pelasgian Latona, persecuted by Juno, had given birth to the popular god of the ancient world, once had been called Pelasgia, according to Nicanorus the Alexandrine (Fragm. 11, in Fragm. Hist. graec. III. 633).
The island Lesbos, the country of a number of erudite men, like the philosophers Pittacus, Theophrastus, Phanias, the historians Hellanicus and Theophanus, the singers Arion and Terpander, the poet Alceus and the poetess Sapho, also had once been called Pelasgia (Strabo, lib. V. 2. 4; Herodotus, lib. V. 26).
Even the island of Rhodos, where was one of the seven wonders of the antique world, the colossal copper statue consecrated to the Sun (Solis colossus), had been Pelasgian in the beginning (Diodorus Siculus, lib. V. 55 seqq; Strabo, lib. X. 3. 7; XIV. 2. 7).
Also formerly inhabited by Pelasgians were the