Week 3: Cretan Sun...and Pitch Blackness!? June 24th 2009 In rather characteristic fashion, this week started off slow (sensing a pattern here?). Last Monday I was slated to help Kroni, the Center's professional photographer, take pictures of the Minoan site of Petras (Pe-trahs). Petras is a major Bronze Age site, with evidence for human occupation from the Neolithic through Late Bronze Age-- and it features a Late Bronze Age administrative complex, a ... 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