• it was on the island of Naxos (called Dia in ancient sources) that Theseus lost or abandoned Ariadne

  • Dionysus found Ariadne on the island and married her

  • Dionysus’ association with Naxos is very old
    • and the island has a long history of wine-making


  • archaeologists have found traces of religious activity at the site dating to 12th century B. C.

  • surviving ruins are from 6th century B. C.

  • style is Ionic

  • temple was rebuilt by Romans in 1st century B. C.

  • converted to Christian church in 5th century A. D.