The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 15: The Labyrinth of Ancient Kameiros

Join Thor and me as we wander the labyrinthine lanes of this beautifully preserved Hellenistic city on the island of Rhodes.

NOTE: Since our recent trip to Greece to research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT, Thor and I knew we had to return to this magical region. My first entry in this new blog series posted here on Saturday, 10/20/2018. It gives an overview of our rambles from Athens to seven islands in the Dodecanese and Cyclades groups, ending our ferry-hopping pilgrimage on the anciently sacred island of Delos.

Last week’s blog #14 introduced this lovely site with impressions from the writer Lawrence Durrell of his visit in the 1940s. Thor and I followed in his footsteps to admire the elegant design of this ancient city first established by the Dorian Greeks in the early first millennium B.C. Three city-states controlled the island and its shipping: Ialysos, Kameiros, and Lindos (see blog #10, January 11, 2019, for photos and our visit to Lindos). Around 400 B.C., the three entities joined in a single state and built a new capital on the site of present-day Rhodes Town. Kameiros continued as a thriving community, rebuilt by the Hellenes after an earthquake in 227 B.C. That rebuilt city, nestled into the natural contours of valley and hills overlooking the blue Aegean Sea, is what we see today in the excavated walls of houses, temples, and other buildings.

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The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 15: The Labyrinth of Ancient Kameiros — 4 Comments

    • It was so interesting to actually walk through the houses, because at most sites you aren’t allowed to enter the structures. I especially liked the bath-houses, to see how they managed that “spa” treatment.

  1. The little mountain villages still have that close, hive-like feel. Everybody shares a wall with someone else.

    • That’s right. I’d feel too closed in, living in a hive, but maybe it’s always the difference between “town” folk and “country” folk.