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Milos

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Milos

Milos is a volcanic Greek island in the Aegean Sea and is the most southwestern island in the Cyclades group. The island is famous for the statue of the “Venus de Milo”, which is now in the Louvre, and for some other famous sculptures in other world-leading museums.

Obsidian, which is a glass-like volcanic rock, was a highly prized commodity as early as 15,000 years ago. This natural glass from Milos’ quarries was highly valued and was transported over long distances and used for razor-sharp “stone tools” well before farming.  The mining of obsidian did not lead to the development of permanent habitation or manufacturing on the island. The position of Milos, between mainland Greece and Crete, and its possession of obsidian, made it an important centre of early Aegean civilisation. However, in the Bronze Age, Milos lost its arms-making importance when bronze became the preferred material for the manufacture of weapons.

Milos like many of the Aegean Islands was influenced and invaded by the successive wave of civilisations and dominant powers that swept the Cycladic Islands: Minoan, Mycenaean, Dorian, Athenians, Spartans, Macedonian, Roman, Byzantium, Crusaders, Venetians, Ottomans, Russians and then eventually part of the modern Greek state.

Milos Museums and Historical Sites

Greek Proverbs and Quotes

Milos Museums and Historical Sites

  • Island:            Milos or Melos
  • Greek:            Μήλος
  • Population:    5,000
  • Country:         Greece

Milos Map

 

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“I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is happiness:
a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea.
Nothing else.”

– Nikos Kazantzakis

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Photo Credit: Eugen Kalloch [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]

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