Ascra or Askra was located upon Mount Helicon, five miles west of Thespiae.

Helicon was known in Greek mythology because of the two springs located here: the Aganippe and the Hippocrene, both of which bear "horse" (ἵππος híppos) in their names. They were sacred to the Muses.
The Helicon was an emblem of poetical inspiration. There were musical and theatrical games held in the valley during the Mouseia festival. The valley of Muses was a sacred forest where are the arts were blooming. Muses were considered the source of the knowledge embodied in the poetry, lyric songs, and myths that were related orally for centuries in ancient Greek culture.

In the late seventh century BCE, the poet Hesiod placed a reference to the Muses on the Helicon at the very beginning of his Theogony:
From the Heliconian Muses let us begin to sing, Who hold the great and holy mount of Helicon, And dance on soft feet about the deep-blue spring And the altar of the almighty son of Cronos, and, When they have washed their tender bodies in Permessus. Or in the Horse's Spring or Olmeius, Make their fair, lovely dances upon highest Helicon And move with vigorous feet.

ASKRA The Valley of Muses - Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Coming from a family with strong ties to olive oil and its trade, Lymperis Estate estate was founded in order to cover the whole procedure: from cultivating our olive trees to extraction with modern, ecofriendly procedures and bottling this top quality product, here in our birthplace, the homeland of Muses.

Being the fourth generation, we decided to continue cultivating the family olive trees and upgrade the past family resources by using the most modern olive mill equipment, aiming at extracting olive oil in its best form.

Our goal is to preserve all the natural elements of the olive and produce an olive oil rich in polyphenols and nutrients. Therefore, we have chosen to plant more than 4000 new olive trees the last 3 years along with the cultivation of our existing olive groves, all with the most natural methods. Our state of art olive press and facilities (1300 square meters)enables us to pursue this mission.


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