A Small Taste of Mykonian Mythology

A Small Taste of Mykonian Mythology

A small taste of Mykonian Mythology

According to Greek mythology, the island was named after Mykons, a local hero who was its first ruler and also the grandson of Apollo—god of light, arts and divination. Apollo was born in Ortygia, a small island next to Mykonos that Zeus named Delos (visible) after his birth, as Ortygia appeared unexpectedly amidst the waves of the Aegean just when Leto, Apollo’s mother, was looking for a safe place to give birth to him and his twin sister Artemis.

And there is more… Another myth says that on Mount Olympus, where the 12 ancient Greek gods used to live, the famous tribe of the invincible mountain-tall Giants also lived. Knowing that their powers would be lost away from Olympus, Hercules managed to take them out of there and lead them to Mykonos where he destroyed them. Legend says that the large rocks scattered around the island are the petrified Giants.

Greek mythology…always fascinating!

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