Lampedusa is an island in the Mediterranean, part of the Province of Agrigento, in the region of Sicily, Italy. Tunisia is its closest neighbour. The population of approximately 6,000 subsists on fishing, tourism and agriculture. Historically, Lampedusa was a landing place and a maritime base for the ancient Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and Arabs. In 1860 the island became part of the new Kingdom of Italy. During World War II the island was captured by British forces shortly before the Allied invasion of Sicily.
A "mythical" people also named Cimmerians are described in Homer’s Odyssey, living beyond the Oceanus in a land of fog and darkness, at the edge of the world and the entrance of Hades.
Cimmeria is a fictional land of barbarians, and the homeland of Conan the Barbarian in the works of Robert E Howard. The Cimmerians are descendants of colonists from Atlantis. Cimmeria is described as a harsh landscape with rugged mountains, dark shadowy forests and gloomy skies. Howard refers to the Cimmerian people's hardiness, military prowess and strength.