Delos

Trip Start May 20, 2008
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Trip End Sep 15, 2008


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Flag of Greece  , Cyclades,
Wednesday, July 9, 2008

for ancient Greeks most sacred place because Apollo and Artemis were born there
earliest inhabitants were 2500BC
peak was 7th-4th c. BC
town developed rapidly after 167BC when all commercial activity in the eastern Mediterranean was consolidated here
small island soon became greatest commercial center of the world
small island is no more than 5km long and 1300m wide
estimated than 30,000 people lived on island at the beginning of 1st c. BC
750,000 tons of merchandise could be moved through its port
After 69BC pirate attack the city was gradually abandoned and fell rapidly into decline
excavations started in 1872 and are ongoing
uninhabited
lions carved from Naxian marble at the end of 7th c. BC
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