is visible, in reference to which island, because of its worthlessness, people say "Siphnian knuckle-bone."i.e., the phrase is a proverb applied to worthless people or things. And still nearer both to Cimolos and to Crete is Melos, which is more notable than these and is seven hundred stadia from the Hermionic promontory, the Scyllaeum, and almost the same distance from the Dictynnaeum. The Athenians once sent an expedition to Melos and slaughtered most of the inhabitants from youth upwards.416 B.C. (see Thuc. 5.115-116). Now these islands are indeed in the Cretan Sea, but Delos itself and the Cyclades in its neighborhood and the Sporades which lie close to these, to which belong the aforesaid islands in the neighborhood of Crete, are rather in the Aegaean Sea.
Now the city which belongs to Delos, as also the temple of Apollo, and the Letöum,Temple of Leto. are situated in a plain; and above the city lies Cynthus, a bare and rugged mountain; and a river named Inopus flows through