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or Tenĕdus (Τένεδος). A small island of the Aegaean Sea, off the coast of Troas, of an importance very disproportionate to its size, on account of its position near the mouth of the Hellespont, from which it is about twelve miles distant. It appears in the legend of the Trojan War as the station to which the Greeks withdrew their fleet, in order to induce the Trojans to think that they had departed, and to receive the wooden horse (Verg. Aen. ii. 21). In the Persian War it was used by Xerxes as a naval station ( 31). It afterwards became a tributary ally of Athens, and adhered to her during the whole of the Peloponnesian War, and down to the peace of Antalcidas, by which it was surrendered to the Persians. At the Macedonian conquest the Tenedians regained their liberty. The women of the island were noted for their beauty (Athen. p. 609).

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    • Herodotus, Histories, 6.31
    • Vergil, Aeneid, 2.21
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