The reconstruction in the background is totally artificial and really not well attested to from the archaeological evidence. But it allows visitors to get a feel for the type of architecture that might have been at Knossos. Only one problem: did they have to build it right on top of the actual archaeology?!
Week 2: Sunsets, Islands and the Karate Kid June 14th 2009 This week started off rather slowly. Monday and Tuesday featured me sitting at the center checking my email 4,000 times, reading up on the world news, and doing some research in the library here at INSTAP. I shouldn't complain really, since I've had time to catch up on some work. Then, I spent my evenings making friends with a local taverna owner named Manoles and by default practicing my Greek ... read more
Europe » Greece » Crete Greece achieved its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1829. During the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, it gradually added neighboring islands and territories, most with Greek-speaking populations. In Worl... ... read more
There is a land called Crete, in the midst of the wine-dark sea, a fair, rich land, begirt with water, and therein are many men, past counting, and ninety cities. They have not all the same speech, but their tongues are mixed. There dwell Achaeans, there great-hearted native Cretans, there Cydonians, and Dorians of waving plumes, and goodly Pelasgians.
-Homer, The Odyssey, Bk. 19
The land of Armenia, then, is situated largely on an extensive plateau, surrounded by high mountains, well watered by rivers which perpetuate its natural fertility.... The rulers of Armen... full info