There are two different versions concerning the origin of the name of Mykonos. The first version is that it was named so in honour of the nephew of Apollo Mycons and the second that it was named after the son of the King of Delos, Anios.As for the creation ofMykonos, there is the myth of Hercules fighting the giants.In one of his twelve labours, after fighting and killing the giants, he threw them into the sea, and buried them under the granitic massive rocks comprising theislandofMykonos.
Owing to the fact that Mykonos lived in the shadow of prosperity of Delos island, the information available of ancient times in relation with the island is little.Some of the known tribes to have inhabited the island were the Kares, the Phoenicians, the Cretians, the Egyptians, the Minoans and the Ionians.In 1207, as well as the rest of the Cyclades, Mykonos was placed under Venetian rule. The Ghizi dynasty seized power on the island and a century later, they conceded the island of Mykonos to Venice. From 1770-1774 the Russians make their rule equally conspicuous. In 1537Mykonos, along with the most of the Cycladic islands, is under Turkish occupation, with Barbarosa plundering the island.
The contribution ofMykonosin the Revolutionary cause of 1821 against the Turks, was more than significant. Manto Mavrogenous played a significant role in that, funding the Revolution quite actively as well as contributing to the organization of the cause, participating in “Filiki Eteria” (secret revolutionary society formed in 1814), managing to unite the Greeks so as to rebel against the Turks in 1822.After the second world war, Mykonos was conceded to Greece (1830), starting to prosper both touristically as well as culturally thanks to its unique Cycladic architecture, its cobbled narrow streets, the numerous beaches and genuine hospitality.In mind twentieth century, Mykonos was “re-discovered” by foreigners, leading to its becoming one of the most significant tourist resorts in the world.