NP Mljet

NP Mljet

Myths and Legends

Calypso, the goddess of beauty, tranquillity and peace who fell in love with the ancient Greek hero Odysseus.

 

There are many myths and legends about the island of Mljet and the most famous one is that of Calypso, the goddess of beauty, tranquillity and peace who fell in love with the ancient Greek hero Odysseus. Homer’s Odyssey interested many in discovering the mysterious island Ogigia for which researchers claim its Mljet. Among them was Astrid Vucetic from Dubrovnik who found numerous links between Ogigia and Mljet, and one of them are the 4 sources that never dry up, just as described in the Odyssey. Another legend is related to the queen Teuta. The island was inhabited by Illyrian farmers, hunters and herders during the 2nd century BC. They left behind stone fortifications which still exist on the hill Veliki Gradac. Queen Teuta also visited that island (then called Melita) since it was her favourite resort, while her fleet and pirate ships anchored in a sheltered bay (today’s Polace).