A bald man, on Mykonos!


I shall shortly land on the island of Mykonos. In antiquity, according to Strabo, a Greek geographer, philosopher and historian who was writing under the emperor Augustus, Mykonos was most famous for two things – first, the Giants, defeated by Heracles, are buried under the island; and secondly, men of Mykonos are known for their baldness. I expect to feel at home, although my increasingly sparsely-folliculated head is hidden under my hat!

Strabo, Geography, 10.5.9

Μύκονος δ᾽ ἐστὶν ὑφ᾽ ᾗ μυθεύουσι κεῖσθαι τῶν γιγάντων τοὺς ὑστάτους ὑφ᾽ Ἡρακλέους καταλυθέντας, ἀφ᾽ ὧν ἡ παροιμία ‘πάνθ᾽ ὑπὸ μίαν Μύκονον’ ἐπὶ τῶν ὑπὸ μίαν ἐπιγραφὴν ἀγόντων καὶ τὰ διηρτημένα τῇ φύσει. καὶ τοὺς φαλακροὺς δέ τινες Μυκονίους καλοῦσιν ἀπὸ τοῦ τὸ πάθος τοῦτο ἐπιχωριάζειν τῇ νήσῳ.


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