Mount Othrys

Mount Othrys (Greek: όρος Όθρυςoros Othrys, also Όθρη – Othri) is a mountain in central Greece, in the northeastern part of Phthiotis and southern part of Magnesia. Its highest summit, Gerakovouni, situated on the border of Phthiotis and Magnesia, is 1,726 m above sea level.[1] The population density in the mountains is low: there are a few small villages, including Anavra in the northwest, Kokkotoi in the northeast, Palaiokerasia in the south and Neraida in the southwest. The length from west to east is about 35 km and the width from north to south is about 25 km. The Pagasetic Gulf lies to the northeast, and the Malian Gulf lies to the south. The summit Gerakovouni lies 19 km south of Almyros, 27 km northeast of Lamia and 44 km southwest of Volos. The upper ranges of the mountain are rocky, and there are forests in the lower ranges. The entire area is also a parkland.[citation needed] The main source of rock is ophiolite.

Mount Othrys
Mount Othrys is located in Greece
Mount Othrys
Mount Othrys
Highest point
Elevation1,726 m (5,663 ft)[1]
Coordinates39°1′1″N 22°42′35″E / 39.01694°N 22.70972°E / 39.01694; 22.70972Coordinates: 39°1′1″N 22°42′35″E / 39.01694°N 22.70972°E / 39.01694; 22.70972
LocationPhthiotis and Magnesia, Greece
Easiest routeclimb


On February 5, 1991, a Lockheed C-130H Hercules 748 crashed into the mountain, killing 63 people.[2]


In Greek mythology Mount Othrys was the base of Kronos and the other Titans during the ten-year war with the Olympian Gods known as the Titanomachy. It was also the birthplace of the elder gods, Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades and Poseidon. It was assaulted by the Olympians, led by Kronos's son Zeus. Zeus later overthrew his father and gained dominion in all of the heavens and the earth.[3]



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  2. ^ "Aircraft accident Lockheed C-130H Hercules 748 Volos-Néa Anchialos Airport (VOL)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  3. ^ Hesiod, Theogony 630-631.

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