Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Island of Delos, Greece

Just off the coast of Mykonos is the tiny island of Delos, one of the most important archeological sites in Greece. It is a vast ruined city, with boulevards lined with temples, luxurious homes and agoras. Approaching the shore, one can clearly imagine the scope and scale of the place that was said to be the birthplace of Apollo, and therefore a major cult center. It was very hot that day.

Delos is probably most famous for its stone lions (600 BC) (these are copies -- some of the originals are in the on-site museum.

The Delos Museum is small but has some beautiful relics like these.

It takes hours to roam the city. I walked down from the top of this theatre.
The Temple of Isis was built during the Roman period to venerate the Egyptian goddess.
On either side of the platform of Stoibadeion, dedicated to Dionysus, are two large phallus sculptures (300 BC). The relief scene celebrates a theatrical performance.

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