Each year thousands of tourists visit the island of Mykonos in Greece, known for its jet-setting clientele and beach parties. However many miss it’s nearby sister island Delos which is arguably more important as it is at the heart of Western Civilisation.
According to mythology, Apollo, the God of Light and Artemis, the Goddess of hunting were born on the island of Delos, rendering it a sacred island where no mortals could ever live or die.
By the 5th century BC, Delos was an inhabited island with houses and farms, attracting bankers, merchants, artists and craftsmen from Eastern Mediterranean countries. Houses were decorated with mosaic floors, frescoes and statues. Despite varied nationalities and cultural backgrounds, immigrants to the island were able to communicate in spoken and written Greek.
In 88 BC, enemy of the Romans, King of Pontus, Mithridates, attacked the island of Delos. With the city destroyed and the population killed or enslaved, it was all but abandoned by the 2nd Century AD.
Delos is one of the most important archaeological, mythological and historical sites in Greece. Excavations on the island have uncovered priceless artefacts, giving us a glimpse into the past!