The Cyclades: Discovering the Greek Islands of the Aegean

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I.B.Tauris, Jun 4, 2006 - History - 256 pages
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The Cyclades are the quintessential Greek isles, renowned for the beauty of their seascapes, their historical monuments, and a unique way of life deeply rooted in the remote past of the Aegean. Over the course of more than 7,000 years the Cyclades have seen a succession of civilizations, the earliest of them perpetuated in legends such as that of Atlantis, which has been identified with volcanic Santorini. The islands are arrayed around their sacred centre on Delos, where Leto was said to have given birth to the divine twins Apollo and Artemis, children of Zeus. Dionysus was born on olive-embowered Naxos, where he fell in love with Ariadne, and myths relate that Poseidon was the protector of Tinos, whose mid-summer festival of the Virgin is celebrated with the folk-dances and songs for which the Cyclades are famous. In this comprehensive guide to the Cyclades, John Freely describes the immemorial past and timeless present of these enchanting islands, which still await discovery.

 

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More than 30 Aegean islands form the circular archipelago known as the Cyclades. Freely (Strolling Through Athens ), who has summered in Naxos since the early 1960s, provides unparalleled insights ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Encircling Isles
6
2
22
Kythnos
34
Seriphos
42
Siphnos
49
Melos and Kimolos
61
Andros
80
Syros
135
Paros and Antiparos
146
Naxos
167
Amorgos and the Lesser Cyclades
188
los
200
Sikinos and Folegandros
206
Santorini Thera and Anaphi
216
Appendices
241

Tinos
93
Mykonos and Delos
111

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John Freely (1926 - 2017) was born in New York and joined the US Navy at the age of seventeen, serving during the last two years of World War II. He had a PhD in physics from New York University and did post-doctoral studies in the history of science at Oxford. He was for many years professor of physics at Bosphorus University in Istanbul, where he taught physics and the history of science. He wrote more than forty books, including Light from the East: How the Science of Medieval Islam Helped Shape the Western World (I.B.Tauris, 2010), The Grand Turk, Storm on Horseback, Children of Achilles, The Cyclades, The Ionian Islands (all I.B.Tauris), Crete, The Western Shores of Turkey, Strolling through Athens, Strolling through Venice and the bestselling Strolling through Istanbul (all Tauris Parke Paperbacks).

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