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 (sĭ-thîr′ə, sĭth′ər-ə) also Ky·thi·ra (kē′thē-rä′)
An island of southern Greece in the Mediterranean Sea south of the Peloponnesus. Southernmost of the Ionian Islands, it was the chief center for the worship of Aphrodite.
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1. (Placename) a Greek island off the SE coast of the Peloponnese: in ancient times a centre of the worship of Aphrodite. Pop: 3354 (2001). Area: about 285 sq km (110 sq miles)
2. (Placename) the chief town of this island, on the S coast. Pop: 297 (2001)
Modern Greek name: Kíthira
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(ˈki θər ə, -θəˌrɑ)

also Cythera

a Greek island in the Mediterranean, S of Peloponnesus: site in ancient times of temple of Aphrodite.
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References in classic literature ?
First she drew near holy Cythera, and from there, afterwards, she came to sea-girt Cyprus, and came forth an awful and lovely goddess, and grass grew up about her beneath her shapely feet.
His face was wrinkled and his hair silvered; but an intelligent observer would have recognized at once the stigmata of passion and the furrows of pleasure which appeared in the crow's-feet and the marches-du-palais, so prized at the court of Cythera. Everything about this dainty chevalier bespoke the "ladies' man." He was so minute in his ablutions that his cheeks were a pleasure to look upon; they seemed to have been laved in some miraculous water.
I should have got home at that time unharmed had not the North wind and the currents been against me as I was doubling Cape Malea, and set me off my course hard by the island of Cythera.
He gave it to Amphidamas of Cythera to take to Scandea, and Amphidamas gave it as a guest-gift to Molus, who gave it to his son Meriones; and now it was set upon the head of Ulysses.
He looked himself over in a mirror, admitting honestly that though he did very well as a politician he was a wreck on the shores of Cythera. At the same moment Madame Rabourdin was gathering herself together for a becoming exit.
I shall never recall without a sense of delight the brief time I spent among you, and as long as I live, I shall celebrate the happy island of Cythera. It is the true Utopia" (74).
Mohammed, "Postharvest physiology and storage of golden apple (Spondias cythera sonnerat or Spondias dulcis forst): a review," Journal of Food Processing and Technology, vol.
Upon Menelaus's discovery that Paris has abducted his wife and ransacked the temple of Cythera, his grief must be contained by his brother Agamemnon, who counsels him to "Make ther good face and glad in port the feine" and dissuades him "nat to wepen as women in her rage, / Whiche is contrarie to an highe corage" (4367, 4378-79).
Biisser sets the first and last stanza of this text, which describes Jean-Antoine Watteau's painting Pilgrimage to Cythera as "soft," "gentle," and "melancholic" (Samain poem, stanza 2).
(2012): Cythera is not an island', en ElPIDES, Dimitri: Theo Angelopoulos, pp.