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- proper noun one of the Aegean islands of
- proper noun capital of the island
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- noun an island in the Aegean Sea off the west coast of Turkey; belongs to Greece
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I heard some rave reviews of Chios from a few Athenians, but never made it there.
'He whom they call Chios the Greek, the Ephesian artist, and ----'
And never, never, never let me go again within spitting distance of a Chian, or that vile island called Chios!
That was before the financial crisis, but they wanted a change and decided to try their luck cultivating mastic trees, which grow only in southern Chios and produce an aniselike resin that is harvested and crystallized to produce mastic liquor, foodstuffs, candles and soap.
Alexander then issued a decree to the people of Chios that they were now free from the oppressive rule of Persia and were to welcome home the exiles who had fled their island.
The king had something special in mind for the former aristocratic rulers of Chios, who had chosen loyalty to Darius over him.
The operation had gone so smoothly that one of the Greek allies of the Persians, Aristonicus of Methymna on the island of Lesbos, was captured after he sailed into the harbor at Chios thinking it was still in Persian hands.
Memnon had taken the fleet north from Cos after his defeat at Halicarnassus and seized the island of Chios, then sailed to Lesbos, which he captured except for the chief town of Mytilene.
But the elders of Chios wisely knew the limits of liberty and drafted a modest constitution, promptly submitting it to Alexander for approval.
Hegelochus brought with him in chains Aristonicus and all the aristocratic leaders of Chios and Lesbos who had sided with the Great King, but he apologized that Pharnabazus had somehow escaped while they were docked at Cos.