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Delos is one of the many islands of Greece near Mykonos, near the center of the Cyclades archipelago. It is an island with extremely important landmarks surrounding the Greek mythology and other archaeological sites in Greece. Many of the excavation sites take place in the Mediterranean and happen under the guidance of the French School at Athens.

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For over a millennium, Delos has the status of being a holy sanctuary before Olympian Greek mythology made it the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. There are many sites on the island with a lot of mythological importance surrounding them such as sites that were sacred to the different goddess’. One of its sites, Mount Kynthos, is deemed as being the sanctuary of Zeus.

 

Some of the ancient stone huts on the island indicate that there could have been inhabitants ever since the 3rd millennium BCE. It was stated that this island had no productive capacity for food, fiber, or timber, and all of those resources were imported in. In 166 BCE, Strabo states that the Romans had converted Delos into a free port, which was partially motivated by seeking to damage the trade of Rhodes. There is a lot of mythological lore and speculation surrounding this island; regardless it is a perfect island to go a sail no matter what the situation!

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