Swastika Dionyos

Foto: Allan

The island of Delos, near Mykonos, near the centre of the Cyclades archipelago, is one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece.

Hippolytos, Phaedra and Cupid
Mosaic in the Paphos Archaelogical Park depicting Phaedra, wife of King Theseus, who was tormented by passion for her step-son. When Hippolytos rejected her advance, she falsely accused him of rape. The truth emerged too late - Neptune had already killed the boy at the king's request. Phaedra, suddenly overwhelmed with guilt, committed suicide. The mosaic shows Cupid hovering in mid-air, his fiery arrow pointed at her cheating heart.

Foto: Mattew

Ganymede and the eagle

The mosaic decorations and the mythological compositions are the main characteristics of this restored Roman villa, dating back to the second century A.D. The name “House of Dionysus” is mainly due to the many representations of Dionysus, the god of wine. The house most probably belonged to a member of the ruling Roman class or to a wealthy citizen of Paphos.

Foto: Son of Groucho

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