According to mythology Cyclades islands, including Andros, are nymphs transformed by the god of sea Poseidon, when they angered him. The island is considered to get its name from the first king Andros, son of King Anius of Delos. Andros was a hero-oracle, given the power of augury by Apollo.  Anius ransomed his wife Dorippe for the price of a horse from the pirates who had kidnapped her. And they had three daughters: Oeno, Spermo, and Elais, and three sons: Andros, Mykonos, and Thasos. Sons gave their names to the islands they ruled.  Daughters are known as the Oenotropae,  because they were bestowed powers by Dionysus to change whatever they wanted into wine (for Oeno) , wheat (Spermo), and oil (Elais). Islanders favored god Dionysios with a great celebration in his honor where "water was turned to wine". Other historical names of the island are Hydroussa, Nonagria and Lasia, all homage to the rich flora and water springs.


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