Despite its diminutive size, Delos is one of the most important archaeological sites
in Greece, and certainly the most important in the Cyclades. Delos was a place of such importance that the surrounding islands were known as the Cyclades, since it was thougth that they lay in a circle round the island on which the god Apollo was born.
Athenians coveted Delos for a long time, seeing its strategic position as one from where they could control the Aegean, and by the 5th century BC it had come under their jurisdiction.
At that time, Delos became the headquarters of the Delian Confederacy, a maritime league under the leadership of Athens, but in 454 BC the Athenians carried off the treasury of ...Read More