...History...

In the place of where Ierissos lies today used to lie Akanthos, a city of ancient Macedonia. Although much of its early history remains unknown , since the 6th century BC historians relate it with the Persian wars. The people of Akanthos first allied with the Persians ,then with the Athenians and later with the Spartans. In 199 BC the city was looted by the Romans, who distributed it to legeonaries. There was a period during which the Romans were the only inhabitants of the area and gave to the city the name Ericius, that is Erissos, which later on became Ierissos...