Assassin's Creed Odyssey: the Journey through Ancient Greece
Marco Chiacchiera, June 12th, 2018
Translated by: Sara Veggi

Our coverage of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey at E3 is far from over and, quite similarly to what we did last year with Origins, we’re now back with a piece dedicated to all the locations of Ancient Greece that we might expect to visit in the new chapter of the franchise, based on the information that has been released so far.

So put on your helms and armor and jump on our ship, we have a lot of information to sail through!

What you see up here is a map of all the locations that we were able to grasp (and in some occasions hypothesize) based on the material that has been shared from official sources. As you can see, the locations are 8.

  • Lakonia (Sparta) [REGION + CITY]
  • Attika (Athens) [REGION + CITY]
  • Makedonia [REGION]
  • Messara [REGION]
  • Mykonos
  • Delos
  • Lesbos
  • Mount Taygetos

So, without further ado, let’s try and have a look at them as we have a lot to cover!

Lakonia (Sparta)

THIS. IS. … the first location from our list and it couldn’t be otherwise as our two heroes Alexios and Kassandra come exactly from this area. Lakonia or Lacaedemon (now known as Laconia or Lacedaemonia) was the main region of the city-state where Sparta was located. Sparta’s history is a very long one, lasting from the 10th century BCE to 192 BCE when it was annexed by the Achaean League. In the Classical Period, which is the one that is most interesting for us, Sparta was famous because it was the de-facto leader of the Greek city states in the Greco-Persian wars of 499-449 BCE, with the famous battles of Thermopylae (the legendary last stand led by King Leonidas that ended with a Persian victory) and of Plataea (with a decisive and final Greek victory), but also because it led the Peloponnesian League, one of the two main powers in the Peloponnesian War, which is the setting for our new game.

Attika (Athens)

Another very resounding name for a famous historical city and its region. Now the capital of Greece, Athens has a history that goes back to the 7th – 11th millennium BCE. For what concerns us, the 5th century BCE coincides with the so called Golden Age of Athens / Athenian Democracy and later with the Age of Pericles, a period of political hegemony and economic growth. Guided by general and orator Pericles, Athens also saw a strong cultural flourishing thanks to figures like playwrights Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes, historians Herodotus and Thucydides, physician Hippocrates and philosopher Socrates. Right after the Age of Pericles but still across the fourth and third century BCE, Athens also saw the likes of
Plato, Xenofon. As Socrates, which we already know is going to be a historical character in Odyssey, many of these people lived exactly in 431 BCE, so they might appear in the game as well… time to set the speculation train in motion again!

During his work as stateman, Pericles promoted the arts and fostered democracy in Athens and that was also the period that that saw the construction of the Acropolis of Athens (including the Parthenon), as well as empire-building via the Delian League, the other main power of the Peloponnesian War which will feature prominently in Odyssey.

Ah, needless to say, Athena (Minerva in the Roman Pantheon – and in the AC lore) is the patron goddess of Athens and the Parthenon is a former temple dedicated to her. This could prove to be a solid location for a First Civilization vault in the game. We hit the bull’s eye last year hoping for a vault in Siwa so… fingers crossed.


As mentioned by Wikipedia, during the Classical period, Macedonia or Makedonía outside of the area dominated by the great city-states of Athens, Sparta, and Thebes. A century after the setting of Odyssey, Macedonia would have risen to become the kingdom which dominated the entire Hellenic world, thanks to king Phillip II. Philip’s son was none other than Alexander the Great who, through several military campaigns was able to create one of the largest empires of the ancient world. And, by the way, founded Alexandria, visited Siwa and was pronounced Pharaoh of Egypt, owned a Staff of Eden (given to him by a group of proto-Templars), the Trident of Eden and possibly an Apple of Eden.


The Messara Plain is a plain on the island of Crete where, according to Wikipedia, olive trees, vineyards and horticultural crops are grown even now. What’s very interesting for hardcore fans about this location is that on a
ridge overlooking the Messara plain to the east are the ruins of the Minoan palace of Phaistos / Phaestus, a Bronze Age archaeological site which was inhabited since 4000 BCE.
One of the most important artifacts found in Phaistos is the Phaistos Disk, a disk of fired clay possibly dating to the second millennium BCE covered on both sides in symbols whose meaning is still discussed today. The most hardcore among you may remember that the Phaistos Disk was actually used in the campaign for Assassin’s Creed Revelations to allude to the Memory Seals, the First Civilization artifacts used to store recorded memories that worked as the basis for the early Animus technology by Abstergo. Both Revelations and AC4 hinted at the fact that the Phaistos Disk could have been a human artifact that resembled the Memory Seals or was directly connected to them. Thus, I don’t expect Memory Seals to appear in this area of the game, but if they did it would be an amazing reference for the hardcore fans and it would be very consistent with the location.


Mykonos is one of the two islands where the E3 demo takes place and is part of the Cyclades islands. In Greek mythology, Mykonos was named after its first ruler, Mykonos, the son or grandson of the god Apollo. Another interesting story is that the island, in Greek mythology, is said to have been the location of a big battle between Zeus and Titans and also the place where Hercules killed the invincible giants after luring them out of Mount Olympus.


Delos is the other island appearing in Odyssey’s E3 demo, being it located right in front of Mykonos. It’s one of the most important historical, mythological, and archaeological sites in Greece as it has been inhabited since the 3rd millennium BCE, when it was established as
a holy sanctuary. Mythology-wise, Delos has always been famous for being considered the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis (Diana in the Roman culture). That made Delos a major cult centre for at least 8-9 centuries (from around 900 to 100 BCE).

An interesting event that involves Delos during the Peloponnesian War was that, in an attempt to make the island fit for the proper worship of the gods and under instruction from the Delphic Oracle, the entire island was purged of all dead bodies. After that no one was allowed anymore to either die or give birth on the island due to its sacred importance and to preserve its neutrality in commerce.

All this importance given to the gods and the fact that it has been a holy sanctuary for millennia make Delos another candidate for a First Civilization. Just saying.


Lesbos is an island located in the northeastern Aegean Sea and is the third biggest island in Greece. Inhabited since the second (some say third) millennium BCE, the island is famous for being the birthplace, in the 7th century BCE, of the lyric poets Alcaeus and Sappho.

The island was governed, during classical times, by a quasi-democracy system and for a short period was a member of the Delian League during the Peloponnesian War.
The term “lesbian”, in English and in several other languages, commonly used to refer to homosexual women, derives from Sappho' poems, which celebrated the beauty of women and contained strong emotional elements directed toward other women. As mentioned on Wikipedia, “due to this association, Lesbos and especially the town of Eresos, Sappho’s birthplace, are visited frequently by LGBT tourists.”

Mount Taygetos

Mount Taygetos / Taygetus is the highest mountain in the Taygetus mountain range, located in the Peloponnese peninsula in Southern Greece and overlooking Sparta. The name of the mountain is possibly one of the oldest recorded in Europe as it even appeared in the actual Odyseey.

The Taygetus range was very important as a natural defense for Sparta, but what the mount especially is famously known for is that from its cliffs and more specifically from a ravine called Ceadas or Caedas the Spartans threw criminals and infants that were deemed "unfit" in terms of vitality (weak, sickly, deformed, or mentally retarded as mentioned by Wikipedia). As we already know this will tie directly in the story in the game, as we mentioned in our first article dedicated to Odyssey, so keep an eye on this location!

And that's all for this article! Did you know about these places before reading it? Which are the other locations from Ancient Greece that you would like to visit in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey?

As always, let us know in the comments below!

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