The terrain is mountainous and inaccessible. The name "Mani" is thought to have originally meant "dry" or "treeless." Until recent years many Mani villages could be reached only by sea.
Tenaro is at the southernmost point of mainland Greece and continental Europe . During the Second World War, the British won an important naval battle against the Italians here in 1941, but in ancient Greek times, this was the location of the temple of Poseidon, a temple which had an influential role in the ancient civilization of Tenaro. Because of its strategic position, the ancient city prospered from about 300 to 150 BC, but it was known to be a very dangerous place, full of mercenaries and prostitutes, and folklore had it that Tenaro was the entrance to the Hades' underworld.
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