The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 35: Sacred Delos

Delos, ancient hub of the Cyclades Islands, is the birthplace of the twin gods Apollo and Artemis. Here are highlights of my own pilgrimage.

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.

I was excited to end our Greece trip with a boat excursion from Mykonos and day tour of Delos and its extensive ancient site. It’s one of the most important sites in Greece, settled by the 3rd millenium B.C. The original inhabitants were apparently pirates who were expelled by King Minos of Crete, when the Cretans dominated trade in the Mediterranean and Aegean. The later development of Greek Olympian mythology held that the twin deities Apollo and Artemis were born on the island. Apollo became the main deity worshipped here, along with many others, including Dionysos and the Egyptian Isis.

This statue in the small island museum represents Apollo stomping on war captives’ shields:

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The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 35: Sacred Delos — 4 Comments

  1. And yes that is a dick-headed chicken on the base of the phallus statue. Those crazy Greeks!

  2. I was going to say, that broken off statue looks like, ah, sassidj and two veg. I wonder if the statue functioned as a neon sign for gents who had difficulties in that area that stumped the doctors over on the doctor island. (I’m not going to try to spell it after three hours of broken sleep.)

    Fascinating about all that lies ahead for excavation!

    • There was a series of these phallic columns to honor Dionysos and fertility. Phallic images, both sacred and secular, past and present, are pretty common all over the world, of course. But, yeah, maybe gents (and their partners?) in need would go pay their respects and offerings!