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 (năk′sŏs, -sōs, näk′sôs)
An island of southeast Greece in the Aegean Sea. The largest of the Cyclades, it was famous in ancient times as a center of Dionysian worship. Naxos belonged to Venice and then Turkey before it became part of independent Greece in 1829.


(Placename) a Greek island in the S Aegean, the largest of the Cyclades: ancient centre of the worship of Dionysius. Pop: 18 188 (2001). Area: 438 sq km (169 sq miles)


(ˈnæk sɒs, -soʊs)

a Greek island in the S Aegean: the largest of the Cyclades group. 14,201; 169 sq. mi. (438 sq. km).
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1-9) For some say, at Dracanum; and some, on windy Icarus; and some, in Naxos, O Heaven-born, Insewn (2); and others by the deep-eddying river Alpheus that pregnant Semele bare you to Zeus the thunder-lover.
Involuntarily the names of Naxos, Tenedos, and Carpathos, rise before the mind, and we seek vainly for Ulysses' vessel or the "clipper" of the Argonauts.
Contract award: supply stations for the needs of thesis naxos drymalia the municipality naxos and small cyclades and the legal persons.
Benda's "Ariadne auf Naxos,'' based on Greek myth, premiered in 1775 with a riveting instrumental score and two actors speaking the lines as Ariadne is abandoned on the island of Naxos by her lover Theseus.
Naxos island is just as famous for kids as it is for its sandy beaches along the road, not to mention the colorful flowers and trees surrounding the blue door sills of white houses.
WYNNE EVANS, famous as the moustachioed opera singer from the GoCompare TV ads, is going back to the stage joining Bryn Terfel in Sweeney Todd and playing the light relief Scaramuccio in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos.
With its flawless production values, the Naxos audio book edition of "Classic Fairy Tales" is superbly narrated by Bernard Cribbins and is comprised of such traditional stories for children as: The Brave Little Tailor; This History of Dick Whittington; Goldilocks and the Three Bears; The Princess on the Glass Hill; The Story of the Three Little Pigs; Beauty and the Beast; Jack and the Beanstalk; and Puss in Boots.
Since late 2009, Naxos has offered a mobile application, or "app," for the iPhone that allows users to access content in Naxos Music Library (hereafter referred to NML).
But in the 1916 "opera within an opera" Ariadne auf Naxos by librettist Hugo von Hofinannsthal and composer Richard Strauss, Ariadne's life is renewed by the arrival of the god Bacchus, who in turn, through the love of Ariadne, attains his full godhood.
In May 2011 Naxos released a little gem on the global market, a real treat for admirers and connoisseurs of Bohuslav Martinu's music.
Alfred Music Publishing has partnered with Naxos, a leading classical music label, on a comprehensive multi-tier distribution agreement to include physical and digital distribution, as well as future licensing and publishing projects.
Naxos Capital Partners led the round with additional new investors, including Total Energy Ventures International, joining TPG Biotech and TPG Growth in the financing.