Trip Start Oct 03, 2005
13Trip End Oct 18, 2005
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The island of Delos is a part of the Greek Cyclades (a circular group of islands). Delos, according to mythology, is the birthplace of Apollo, the god of music, truth and light, and his twin sister Artemis, the goddess of hunting. The first island inhabitants were the Phoenicians around 2800 BC. Around 800 BC, the Ionians developed the island into a powerful commercial and spiritual center. As Romans came into power, this island became less important and many of its' inhabitants were killed or put into slavery. In 69 BC, a group of pirates destroyed the city and killed the remaining residents. By this time, Italy had larger ports so the island was no longer needed and was abandoned until it was rediscovered in 1872 when it was rediscovered and excavations began.
Today, the entire island is an archaelogical site with continuing work being perfomed by the French School of Archaeology. Delos is now a part of the World's Cultural Heritage and is protected by UNESCO.