Category: History and myths

About Achaeans, Danaans and other ancestors

When we are introduced to Homer’s Iliad, which describes the events of the Trojan War of the XIII-XII centuries BC, we are confronted with the question of what is the difference between the Achaeans and the Danaans. The beginning of the plot becomes the dispute of the goddesses and the judgement of Paris. The topic […]

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The Cretan Bull

The Cretan Bull was a bull that appeared in the myth of the Labours of Heracles, as well as the myth of the Minotaur, in Greek mythology. It was the creature that Pasiphae (the wife of the Minos) fell in love with. Minos was king in Crete. In order to confirm his right to rule, rather than any of his brothers, […]

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Europa was the mother of King Minos of Crete

Europa was the mother of King Minos of Crete, a woman with Phoenician origin of high lineage, and after whom the continent Europe was named. The mythographers tell that Zeus was enamored of Europa and decided to seduce or ravish her, the two being near-equivalent in Greek myth. He transformed himself into a tame white […]

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History of the Minotaur Island

The Minoan civilization is an Aegean civilization that originated on the island of Crete and flourished in 2700-1450 BC. At the height of the flourishing Minoan civilization, a unification of Crete created the sea power of the King Minos and possibilities for a wide scale of Cretan commercial activities in the basin of the Aegean […]

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The most destructive earthquake. Disappearance of Phalasarna

Early in the morning of July 21, 365, a wave of a powerful earthquake originated somewhere between Paphos and Kourion, about 22 miles southwest of the Aphrodite stone, where is a boundary of African and European continental plates, and passed throughout the Mediterranean completely demolishing cities, beautiful antiques monuments, and killing thousands of people. Ammianus […]

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Crete and the ancient Greeks

The inhabitants of Crete identify themselves as a special people, distinct from the Greeks, and this is not uncommon for the islanders. The same perception of themselves as a people being distinct from Anatolian Turks is observed among Turkish Cypriots. And there are justifications for it, historical ones. For example, there are some of them […]

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Bonaparte on Crete

Is it a legend or true story? Let’s say at once – there is no documentary evidence. We shall begin by considering known facts. In 1797 the ambitious Napoleon Bonaparte was 28 years old. He planned to conquer Egypt: it was necessary for the defeat of Britain. From the Red Sea he intended to weaken […]

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