History of Mykonos island Greece

ancient-mykonos Mykonos does not have much to boast about its history, such as the neighboring islands of Paros and Naxos, which had such prosperous civilizations from antiquity to Venetian rule. The few archeological monuments on the island, in contrast to the nearby island of Delos, but also the lack of Venetian castles confirm the fact.

According to mythology, the island took its name from Mikonos who was the father of Xanthippi, who fed him with her own breast milk when he was imprisoned so that he would not die of starvation. The island was first colonized by the Egyptians, Icarians, Phoenicians and Minoans, then by the Ionians under the guidance of Hippocleus of the Nile and father of Phobias.

Another mythological interpretation according to Strabo, refers to the murder of the giants by Hercules on this island. Strabo also mentions that the Mykonians were bald, while other writers exaggerate that they remained hairless from infancy.

The ancient Greeks considered the Mykonians greedy and profitable During the Turkish occupation, Mykonos was formed as a naval island when the Aegean was full of pirates and pirates, who feared the surrounding islands and the merchant ships passing through the Aegean.

And yet it was the cooperation with the pirates that created a development on the island, when the people of Mykonos developed cooperation with them and began to trade their loot, creating the basis for a local fleet that, during the Greek Revolution, fought against the war the fleet of the Ottoman Empire.