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 (Herod.vi. 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.