Rineia or Rhenea (Ρήνεια), anciently Rheneia (Ancient Greek: Ῥήνεια) or Rhenaia (Ῥηναῖα),[1] or Rhene (Ῥήνη),[2] is a Greek island in the Cyclades. It lies just west of the island of Delos and further southwest of the island of Mykonos, of which it and Delos are administratively a part. Its area is 14 km2 (5 sq mi). It had a small population until the 1980s, but is currently uninhabited.

Native name:
Rineia is located in Greece
Coordinates37°24′32″N 25°13′44″E / 37.409°N 25.229°E / 37.409; 25.229Coordinates: 37°24′32″N 25°13′44″E / 37.409°N 25.229°E / 37.409; 25.229
Area14 km2 (5.4 sq mi)
Highest elevation136 m (446 ft)
RegionSouth Aegean
Regional unitMykonos
Population0 (2001)
Additional information
Postal code846 00
Area code(s)22890
Vehicle registrationEM

In ancient times the island was subdued by the tyrant Polycrates of Samos and dedicated to the Delian Apollo. The southern half of the island was the necropolis of Delos.[1] In the sixth year of the Peloponnesian War (426 BCE), the Athenians purified Delos. They removed all the tombs from the island and prohibited dying on Delos on religious grounds; the declared it was unlawful henceforth for any living being to be born or die within it, and that every pregnant woman should be carried over to the island of Rheneia in order to be delivered.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b   Smith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "Delos". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray.
  2. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.
  3. ^ Thucydides. History of the Peloponnesian War. Vol. 3.104.
  4. ^ Strabo. Geographica. Vol. x. p.486. Page numbers refer to those of Isaac Casaubon's edition.

External linksEdit

  • Official website of Municipality of Mykonos (in English and Greek)