Akanthos (Ancient Greek: Ἄκανθος), later Ierissos (Greek: Ιερισσός), was an ancient Greek city on the Athos peninsula. It was located on the north-east side of Akti, on the most eastern peninsula of Chalcidice. It was founded by 7th century BC (the archaeology suggests 655 BC) by colonists from Andros, according to Thucydides. Strabo and Ptolemy erroneously place Acanthus on the Singitic Gulf, but there can be no doubt that the town was on the Strymonian Gulf, as is stated by Herodotus and other authorities: the error may have perhaps arisen from the territory of Acanthus having stretched as far as the Singitic Gulf. The name of the ancient city (derived from the acanthus bush) is due to the thorny nature* of the area or to the thorny nature of the town’s foundation.

* Acanthus (plural: acanthus, rarely acanthuses in English, or acanthi in Latin), in its feminine form acantha (plura: acanthae), is the Latinised form of the ancient Greek word acanthos or akanthos, referring to the Acanthus plant. It can also be used as the prefix acantho-, meaning “thorny”. About the Necropolis || Edit

Museum of the Roman Forum (Thessaloniki):

A terracotta figurine of a woman kneading breads, from Ancient Akanthos (5th-6th century B.C)


Museum of the Roman Forum (Thessaloniki):

From the temporary exhibition “…young and in excellent health”, Aspects of youths’ life in Ancient Macedonia.

Attic head kantharos decorated with a woman’s and a black man’s faces. There is an inscised inscription on the lid: “Τίμυλλος καλός hoς τό[δε τ]ό πρόσοπον/ Ερόνασσα ειμί καλέ πάνυ”/ “I am Timyllos as handsome as this face/ I am Eronassa, very beautiful”

From Ancient Akanthos (480-470 B.C)