According to Greek legend the half-sister of Alexander the Great, Thessalonike, turned into a mermaid when she tried ending her life by jumping into the sea. A mermaid statue on the Greek island of Thasos commemorates this legend. ( map )
The inscription is a poem by Greek poet Nikos Kazantzakis, and translates roughly as follows:
It was not an island
It was a beast lying
on the sea
It was the Mermaid
The sister of Alexander the Great
and made the sea rough
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