Marchese Marco Venieri was
given command of the Greek island of
Kythera in 1204, during the Fourth Crusade.
He claimed a family
descent from Aphrodite
under her other
Venieri gallantly but vainly defended the island of Paros against the
against the massive onslaght of the Ottoman admiral Barbarossa in 1537.
The ruins of their
castle are still to be seen on Paros' hill of Kephalos.
the year of the great naval battle in
Nafpaktos (the Battle of Lepanto, October 7, 1571), the Venieri donated a number of galleons to the western allies.
the main branch of the family lived in Crete, it held
control of Kythera until the Campoformio Convention of 1797.
spread over the Aegean region,
holding power in many other islands including Mykonos.
One of his descendants is the Greek artist Lydia Venieri
the Greek-Canadian architect
Greek actress of late '80s Irene