The islands of Greece are many and varied in size and character. They are bathed in a quality of light, which the ancient gods themselves must have decreed. Under a blue sky and amid Homers wine dark sea, the islands vie with one another for tourist attention. Yet amidst all this dazzling light and color, there is one island that is unique. Born out of a massive upheaval of the earth's crust, Santorini is an experience. It is the most southern of the Cycladean
group, but in no way resembles the other islands. It must be one of the most spectacular, photogenic and beautiful islands in the world.
The early Cycladic culture extended to the Asiatic mainland, at its south-east corner, where remains of this period have been found on the Myndos peninsula, near Assarlik. It would seem probable enough that the native Carian or Lelegian population of this region was thus early influenced by the Cretan-Cycladic culture. We may notice in this connexion the famous archaeological report of Thucydides, (i, 8) that in his own time Carian graves had been discovered on Delos.
From the Cyclades the Cycladic-Cretan or (as we may now call it) Aegean culture passed on to the mainland of Greece, probably somewhere about 2800 B.C.Legend and the works of Plato identify Santorini as the lost land of Atlantis.