Ancient Idalium

Potamia village near Dali

'...and he led me to the site of the ancient Idalium, which is about a quarter of a mile to the north of the village, between two small mountains, part of which is covered...I had not been able to borrow at Larnaca any volume containing Bion's Idyll on the death of Adonis but fortunately my pocket Anacreon contained, among some few pieces of other poets, Theocritus XXX, 'The dead Adonis', which I read on the spot with enthusiastic pleasure.'

William Turner

Journal of a Tour in the Levant (1815)

It is difficult to imagine here a Phoenician centre and a temple where Aphrodite (Astarte) was worshipped and almost inconceivable that somewhere in this area could have existed a royal residence of the Lusignan dynasty inhabited by Caterina Cornaro, the last Queen of Cyprus.