National Geographic : 1972 Aug
EDWINSTUARTGROSVENOR(ABOVE),JOSEPHP. BLAIR(LOWERLEFT), ANDJOHNL. CASKEY Remnants of glory, marble fragments of temples, man sions, and theaters litter tiny Delos (above). Once count less pilgrims came, laden with gifts, to honor at his birth place the deity they loved most: Apollo, god of beauty and light, of the arts, of the intellect. A veritable treasure house, Delos stood at the pin nacle of power in the second century B.C. Then in 88 B.C . Mithridates the Great, tyran nical ruler of the kingdom of Pontus in Asia Minor, ravaged the island. In an exquisite mosaic (left), graceful dolphins give a boy of Delos a ride. Risen from her tomb, a terra-cotta lady of Kea links that island to the great Minoan civilization centered in Crete. The life-size figure, perhaps a temple dancer, displays the bare breasts in vogue among Cretans during the Bronze Age. Thumb-size treasure from the temple at Ayia Irini (left) shows the hairstyle fashionable 3,500 years ago.