Delos: The Prominent Pilgrimage Center of Ancient Greece

A significant amount of practical infrastructure became necessary on Delos to accommodate the needs of visitors, especially during religious festivals such as the Greater (every four years) and Lesser (annual) Delia. The hymn to Apollo further avows “…In Delos…the long-robed Ionians gather in your honor with their children and shy wives: with boxing and dancing …

Greek Sweet Wines

Malvasia In the Peloponnese, on the southeast shore of the Parnon mountain range, stands the Byzantine fortified town of Monemvasia, built in the 8th century on a towering rock separated from the mainland. According to written sources, the wine produced across the narrow stretch of water in the Laconian hinterland was exported for at least …

Kalymnos Castles and Fortresses

The Medieval element is prevalent in Kalymnos. There are splendid examples of Medieval architecture all over the island, with Kalymnos castles and fortresses depicting a gracious design Meant to offer protection against all intruders and add prestige to anyone watching up high, those castles served a great purpose. And the view from such privileged observatories …

Homer and Wine

By the 8th and 7th centuries BC, when the written works of Hesiod and the Homeric bards began to appear, wine had thoroughly permeated Greek culture and become a ubiquitous feature – a dietary staple, preferable to water, drunk at any time of day or night, with or without food. Greeks had learned to cut …

Wine: An Age-Old Story

Some of the most essential pleasures or comforts in life can be traced so far back in human history that they seem to disappear in the mists of time. The cultivation and consumption of grapes and their juice is a prime example. Nevertheless, as archaeologists in collaboration with paleobotanists, have further extended and refined their …