Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece

Serifos is an impressive Cycladic island with high mountains and beautiful beaches.

Serifos, the Island of the Cyclopes

According to Greek mythology, the island of Serifos, "the iron island" as it was called, was first inhabited by powerful and gigantic Cyclopes. The Cyclopes lived in the island's caves and were the first who took advantage of the island's mineral wealth and created an early culture which they later bequeathed to the people. It is said that the Cyclopes have built some of the most important monuments of the island.

Serifos and Perseus

According to another legend, Serifos was also the island where the wooden chest cast out, inside of which king Acrisius had shut his daughter Danae with her little son Perseus. Perseus grew up in the palace of Dictys,the king of Serifos. When he grew up, the king persuaded him to bring him the head of Medusa, a monster who turned people into stone with its look. Perseus succeeded with the help of the gods and returned to the island. Rumor has it that the high mountains of Serifos took their form from Medusa's frightful look.


Ancient Greek places