Delos is a Greek island in the Cyclades archipelago which was both an influential political force and, with its sanctuary to the god Apollo, an important religious centre in the Archaic and Classical periods. The island was also a major commercial and trading centre in the 2nd and 1st centuries CE. Delos in Mythology Delos, measuring a mere 3 km²... [continue reading]
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Silver drachm from Delos, Cyclades, late 6th century BCE. O: Lyre (R: incuse square).
A detail showing the tiger from the Dionysos Mosaic emblemata which depicts the god riding the animal. From the House of Dionysos, Delos. (Hellenistic Period).
A marble exedra at Delos, in front of the Propylaea, 2-1st century BCE. These were used as a place to set up dedicatory statues or as seating for weary travellers to the site.
Part of the floor mosaic from the House of the Trident, Delos. It is a motif commonly seen in mosaics at Delos. 3rd-2nd century BCE.
Introduction Genocide is often viewed as a particular feature of our own current age. This perception largely stems from the terrible events which took place during World War Two in the 20th century CE in the parts of Europe occupied by the Nazis. However, there are certain occasions in the ancient world which could also be possibly considered... [continue reading]
In the ancient Greek world, religion was personal, direct, and present in all areas of life. With formal rituals which included animal sacrifices and libations, myths to explain the origins of mankind and give the gods a human face, temples which dominated the urban landscape, city festivals and national sporting and artistic competitions, religion... [continue reading]
The 5.8 m high columns of the atrium of the House of Dionysos, Delos. 3rd-2nd century BCE. The famous mosaic depicting Dionysos riding a tiger was discovered here.
The marble lions of Delos. Originally there were as many as nine lions which lined the avenue leading from the sanctuary to the harbour of Skardanas. They were donated by the citizens of Naxos in the 7th century BCE.
The original marble lions inside the site museum of Delos (those outside being copies). Originally there were as many as nine lions which lined the avenue leading from the sanctuary to the harbour of Skardanas. They were donated by the citizens of Naxos in the 7th century BCE.
published on 26 April 2012
Map of the main religious sanctuaries of classical Greece. The following gods' sanctuaries are marked in colour: Aphrodite, Apollo, Artemis, Asclepius, Athena, Dionysius, Demeter, Hera, Poseidon, Zeus.