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  1. Introduction
  2. The time: Protogeometric brands
  3. Archaic Period (seventh century av.JC.- sixth century BC)
  4. Conclusion

In the Geometric period, the city developed considerably, new neighborhoods are created, such as the future of the theater district, for example, probably to meet the needs of a growing population again, also in the north, a new neighborhood is built beyond the sacred lake and bordering the sanctuary, revealing that the population is growing. Meanwhile the fame of the sanctuary grows too, international relations and trade grow, allowing Delos access his sanctuary city status and commercial.

Furthermore, the city to the sixth century develops the footsteps of the original habitat, in the directions imposed by the geometry of the primitive and Mycenaean developments. The plain farther to the east, and Hiero neighborhood remain uninhabited, while new houses are built on the hillside of Kynthos whose gentle slopes allow the extension of the urban habitat. On this hill is created the most important area of post-Mycenaean city, while on the coast are equipped docks and the sea in stores. South of the sacred lake, archaeologists located through discovery, the necropolis 'Geometric period, which would have established that of the Mycenaean period. The main area of the future seems Hieron from the Mycenaean era, where he owned a "palace", have lost importance in favor of the southern region is booming.

[...] Archaic Period (seventh century av.JC.- sixth century BC) In the second half of the seventh century and the first half of the sixth century, it seems that Naxians played an important role in Delos: there are many original statues naxiennes and readily attribute their example, the construction of the 'Oïkos said besides the Naxians. The presence of Naxian did according to Ph. Bruneau, no political or institutional nature, but essentially result from the cultural influence of Naxos. Their influence brings a new development to the city, further reinforcing its commercial prosperity. Later in the sixth century, Athens wants to assert his authority over the sanctuary. It was at this time that revolutionary measures are taken to Delos. [...]


[...] P. Bruneau et al (Dir.), Delos sacred island, cosmopolitan city (1996). P. BRUNEAU, "Contribution to the urban history of Delos," in BCH, Supplement 47 (2006), p.111-149. P. Bruneau, J. Ducat, Delos Guide (2005). A. CHAMPDOR, Delos, Apollo's Island (1960). J. Chamonard, Archaeological Exploration of Delos: The neighborhood of Theatre, home of the Delian study in the Hellenistic period, Issue VIII. [...]

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