Arcadia (region)

Arcadia (Greek: Ἀρκαδία) is a region in the central Peloponnese. It takes its name from the mythological character Arcas, and in Greek mythology it was the home of the god Pan. In European Renaissance arts, Arcadia was celebrated as an unspoiled, harmonious wilderness; as such, it was referenced in popular culture.

Arcadia
Ἀρκαδία
Historical region of Greece
Landscape of Arcadia
Ancient Arcadia in the center of the Peloponnese
LocationPeloponnese
Major citiesMantinea, Tegea, Arcadian Orchomenos
DialectsArcado-Cypriot
Key periods4th century BC

The modern regional unit of the same name more or less overlaps with the historical region, but is slightly larger.