In classical antiquity, the Arginusae (Ancient Greek: Ἀργινοῦσαι Arginousai) were three islands off the Dikili Peninsula on the coast of modern-day Turkey, famous as the site of the Battle of Arginusae during the Peloponnesian War. They were also collectively referred to as Canaea after the city of Canae on the largest island. Today two of the islands remain, while the third and largest has become attached to the mainland as a promontory near the modern village of Bademli:[1][2][3][4]

Argennusa was the site of the ancient city of Canae.

The names Arginusae and Argennusa come from Ancient Greek arginóeis, argennóeis (ἀργινόεις, ἀργεννόεις), "bright-shining".[5][6]


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  6. ^ "ἀργινόεις" in the Greek Word Study Tool