SIKINOS

Sikinos is a small rocky island of the South Cyclades. The earliest archaeological evidence comes from Palaiokastro at the North and Katergo in the middle of the east coast of the island. The Middle Bronze Age has left no traces even though some mythological references may suggest that it was inhabited.

In the historical period the ancient city of Sikinos was located southwest of the island at Agia Marina hill, overlooking a small anchorage. Architectural remains of the ancient city are still visible and the necropolis has been identified on the South slope of the hill. Not far to the East still stands in an excellent state of preservation a Roman funerary monument which was converted into a Christian church and monastery, that of Episkopi. Another humbler settlement has been located at Palaiokastro at the North part of the island. Very little is known about the religious life of the island. Dionysos was probably worshipped here, as he appears on the Hellenistic coins of Sikinos.

 

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