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According to the ancient geographer Stephanus of Byzantium, the name of the island comes from a hero called Mykonos, who was the son of Anius, the king of Delos, and grandson of Apollo and the nymph Rhoeo. The colossal rocks that are scattered on the mountains of Mykonos led the ancient mythographers to identify the island to the area, where Hercules’s victorious battle against the Giants took place. 

Furthermore, according to an ancient tradition, the tomb of Ajax the Locrian was located on the island. According to Pliny, it was believed that the residents of the island were born without hair. That was the reason why bald people were called “Mykonians”. The Carians were considered the first settlers of Mykonos. Later on, the Phoenicians and the Egyptians came to the island as well.


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