The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 37: Delos Temple Quarter

Thor and I are back to continue our tour of the sacred island of Delos, moving onto the temple quarter and Sanctuary of Apollo.

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.

As we saw in the residential and Theater Quarter a couple weeks ago, the extensive ruins spreading over the island, still mostly unexcavated, make it confusing to sort out for the casual visitor. We were glad that we’d signed up for the boat trip and tour with our archaeologist guide Ariadne, as she could explain the highlights. In this shot of part of the temple quarter near the harbor, you can see the tangle:

We regrouped at the Agora, or open gathering place. Even on this isolated small island, inhabited now only by archaeologists and staff, there were roaming cats beloved of the Greeks. Maybe they feel an affinity with the ancient guardian lions of the island (top photo). Can you spot the second cat?

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The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 37: Delos Temple Quarter — 5 Comments

  1. There are a lot of lions in Greek sculptures. Were there lions running around the islands or are they just a common symbol of strength?

  2. I can’t see the second kitty.

    That comparison of the fingers and Thor gives an idea of the size of the statue. Impressive! (Also, amusing, Apollo and Thor together)

    • Yes, gods of different ilk! Though when we were at Delphi, Thor proclaimed in the acoustic sweet-spot of the outdoor theater that he was on god-visitation from the North lands, so I guess Apollo was already acquainted with him…. Spoiler alert: If you follow ginger cat’s tail upward toward left-hand photo corner, dark kitty is snugged up against a marble structure with tail dangling.

  3. I just looked up “lions in ancient Greece,” and there is evidence, both historically and through abundant finds of skeletons, that they lived on mainland Greece until around 600 B.C. They are, indeed, a symbol of strength and royalty. Lion hunting was a dangerous rite of passage for noble youth, apparently.