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Eresos on Lesbos

Eresos todaySituated in the far west of the island, Eresos was the birthplace of Theophrastos, one of Aristotle's closest associates and disciples, as well as the most famous native of Lesbos - Plato's "tenth muse", the lyricist Sappho. The city was famed in antiquity for the quality of its wheat, as attested by the words of an ancient chronicler who stated that "if the gods eat bread they send Hermes to buy it at Eresos". Perhaps this explains the appearance of the messenger-god and ear of wheat on the otherwise very scarce numismatic issues of this city.