a guide to delos

by lakshmi ramgopal

In the Homeric Hymn to Apollo, a pregnant Leto turns desperately to Delos in her search for a safe place to birth Apollo. Every other island in the eastern Mediterranean has shunned her, fearing the power of the deity she carries. Delos is her last recourse:

Delos, if you would be the seat of my son
Phoebus Apollos and install an opulent temple here—
since…

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