Stone Solitude

I thought this was an interesting post from Debi at My Kitchen Witch. For anyone going to Naxos and/or interested in Greek antiquities

An Evolving Life

On a hillside on the northern coast of the Cycladic island of Naxos rests a blue grey marble colossus, rough hewn and almost complete. Sadly, something went wrong in the rough carving and he was abandoned in solitude. He has been resting here, set in his quarry bed for well over two and a half millennia.

Visitors come and go. I’ve seen early pre-19th century travel sketches and watercolours, old late-19th century black and white photographs, and many more recent tourist snaps of this giant unfinished statue.


He is almost 11 metres in length. The Kouros of Apollonas (the ancient town nearby) was his original name. But in the mid-19th century he was identified as the Greek god Dionysus, so is now called the Colossus of Dionysus. Whatever his name, he perpetually lies in his stone bed gazing out to sea.


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10 thoughts on “Stone Solitude”

  1. I know this Colossus. He is one of the many marvels of this enchanted islands, where you will also find a Venetian old town, a byzantine chapel tucked away in some field, the greenest nature for a Cycladic island advertised by fleets of kaikia boats leaving the port every morning to bring their produce to all the neighbouring islands. What Naxos lacked, and I hope it is still does, is droves of tourists.

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      1. This is a fascinating blog! I have only been to Greece twice, but it is the country to which I would most like to return… Meanwhile, I am following your posts, with great pleasure! Thank you very much for your kind comment on my guest post for the marvellous kitchensgarden blog! Very best wishes, Alison (Brackenbury)


  2. Now there is a reason to visit Naxos…! I’ve never been there! Gosh, living on a Greek island makes it so hard to travel to other Greek islands at their best time, (summer). Nevertheless…

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