Sir Kenelm Digby

I was intrigued to read that Kenelm Digby visited Delos.   Indeed he did.   In his Voyage into the Mediterranean, he records how on a privateering expedition against the Ottomans in 1628 he found ‘brave marble stones heaped up in the great ruines of Apollo’s temple’.   But his admiration did not prevent him from deciding ‘to avayle myselfe of the convenuencie of carrying away some antiquities there’, so asked his sailors, in case they had ‘untoward fantasies’, to occupy themselves in ‘rolling of stones down to the seaside’.   His trophies included ‘Old-greeke-marble-bases, columnes, and altars’ which he later sold to Charles I.

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