Crete History - "the history is as colourful and enigmatic as the modern island today..."
From the Minoans of ancient times, through the miraculous discoveries of archaeology, such as linear scripts,
revealing layer upon layer of civilisation, dynasties, rulers,
monarchs, despots, pirates, traders, goddess worshippers, plunderers,
creators, liberators, heroes and in between the stories, the pages, we
find the soul of the people of Crete.
ancient history of Crete
from the pre-palatial period to the Twilight of the Goddess circa 1400BC is rich with research riddles, conflicting theories and exquisite archaeological finds.
Stories tell us of the ancient Minoan period from 2600 to 1100
BC, the Geometric and Daedalian period 1100-620 BC, the Classical
500-330 BC and Hellenistic 330-67 BC periods and Greco-Roman period 67
After the First Byzantine period 330-824 came the years of Arab rule between 824-961, after liberation the Second Byzantine period 961-1210 after which came Venetian and Genoan rule then Turkish rule for 400 years. Liberation came again in 1898 after many terrible and rebellious years. Unification with the modern state of Greece came in 1913.
The pantheon of Greek Gods and Goddesses weave their plots and stories over Kriti. Crete is home to many tales of strife, love, war and bloodshed. The myths, some of the earliest story-telling are still relevant and saucy today.
Travellers have long been drawn to the ancient sites and archaeological digs in Crete. Sir Arthur Evans, with his well publicised love affair with Knossos, has created a unique reconstruction of the palace, still debated by historians and locals alike.
The stories of Crete history are told by our beautiful and haunting castles such as Frangokastello (above). Dotted around the island in strategic locations that sometimes today are very isolated, the castles are in various states of ruin. Intrique whispers from every stone of the Castles of Crete...