According to an ancient Greek tradition, goddess Demetra was born in Thassos and taught there for the first time the art of agriculture. The most familiar history of Thassos starts with its colonization. However, there are two different views about who were the first inhabitants of the island.
According to Greek mythology, the first inhabitant and founder of the island, was a namesake man called Thassos. Thassos was either the son or the grandson of Aginoras, King of Phoenicia, who turned up in Thassos while trying to find Europa who had been kidnapped by Zeus in virtue of his passionate love.