Mythology of Naxos Island

Naxos' mythology holds an outstanding position in the island's web of history and civilization.

The many mythical figures in the mythology of Naxos Island: Dionysus, Zeus, Apollo, Ariadne, Demeter and many others, are woven with indelible colors in memory and time, never ceasing to stir interest and imagination.

In the island’s age-old history myths blend with reality, with abundant archaeological finds dating to all periods throwing light on the historical reality behind every myth.

Dionysus, Semele, Theseus, Ariadne, nymphs, Nereids
, goddesses of the sea, tyrants, conquerors, pirates, noblemen and farmers and heroes have left their traces widely dispersed throughout the time and space of the mythology of Naxos, composing a magical game between legends and history.

A visit to the island's many archaeological sites and museums provides a window into the mythology of Naxos.

The area of Apollonas and the giant statue of beard-sporting god Dionysus which was probably destined for his temple at Yria.

Apollo

Apollo, the god of light and music, held a prominent place among his peers worshipped on Naxos.

The Temple of Demeter at Gyroula, Sagri.

Demeter and Persephone

Demeter, the goddess of earth fertility, and her daughter Persephone were worshipped with special affection by Naxiots.

Being the god of joy and merriment, Dionysus had ensured the fertility of vineyards on the island and the production of excellent wine.

Dionysus

Dionysus, the ancient Greek god of merriment, was said to have originated either from the northeastern province of Thrace or the East.

Dionysus and Ariadne

The famous myth of the marriage of the god of merriment Dionysus and princess Ariadne is centered on Naxos.

Dionysus and the Tyrrhenean pirates

In one of his fables, Homer narrates that Dionysus, the god of merriment, once chartered a ship from Tyrrhenean seamen to return to Naxos. 

Mt. Fanari, situated between the village of Apiranthos and the Tragea valley.

Other Deities

Besides the prominent ancient Greek gods, the mythology of Naxos also involves a number of lesser deities.