ANCIENT PHIGALEIA In ancient times (perhaps when Noah was building his Ark), Phigaleia was an important Arcadian city ruled by Phigalos, son of Lykaon (the "wolf man"). It was a large city surrounded by fortified walls with a population of many thousands. Today, the modern day village is inhabited by a handful of mostly elderly people and a few shepherds whose culture goes back to pre-history. In their memories, myth and history are mingled for future generations to disentangle. The village sits in a beautiful location on the side of the Neda gorge in a Grade 1 archaeological zone and is a spectacular walking holiday destination.