Crete


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Crete

 (krēt)
An island of southeast Greece in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Its Minoan civilization, centered at the city of Knossos on the northern coast, was one of the earliest in the world and reached the height of its wealth and power c. 1600 bc. Crete subsequently fell to the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Venetians, and Ottoman Turks. The islanders proclaimed their union with modern Greece in 1908.

Cre′tan adj. & n.

Crete

(kriːt)
n
(Placename) a mountainous island in the E Mediterranean, the largest island of Greece: of archaeological importance for the ruins of Minoan civilization. Pop: 601 131 (2001). Area: 8331 sq km (3216 sq miles). Modern Greek name: Kríti

Crete

(krit)

n.
a Greek island in the Mediterranean, SE of mainland Greece. 502,165; 3235 sq. mi. (8380 sq. km). Cap.: Canea.
Also called Candia.
Cre′tan, adj., n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Crete - the largest Greek island in the MediterraneanCrete - the largest Greek island in the Mediterranean; site of the Minoan civilization that reached its peak in 1600 BC
Labyrinth of Minos - a vast labyrinth built in Crete by Daedalus at the command of Minos in order to contain the Minotaur
Ellas, Greece, Hellenic Republic - a republic in southeastern Europe on the southern part of the Balkan peninsula; known for grapes and olives and olive oil
Mediterranean, Mediterranean Sea - the largest inland sea; between Europe and Africa and Asia
Cretan - a native or inhabitant of Crete
Translations

Crete

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Crete

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Crete

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References in classic literature ?
But now in this hateful age of ours not one is safe, not though some new labyrinth like that of Crete conceal and surround her; even there the pestilence of gallantry will make its way to them through chinks or on the air by the zeal of its accursed importunity, and, despite of all seclusion, lead them to ruin.
You had your choice, and might have gone either to Lacedaemon or Crete, both which states are often praised by you for their good government, or to some other Hellenic or foreign state.
Minos, we learn, was the primitive founder of the government of Crete, as Zaleucus was of that of the Locrians.
It was indeed the ancient abode of Proteus, the old shepherd of Neptune's flocks, now the Island of Scarpanto, situated between Rhodes and Crete.
And he renewed the flame of his lance with a gesture which made one think of Dionysus of Crete.
Idomeneus, again, lost no men at sea, and all his followers who escaped death in the field got safe home with him to Crete.
It seems that in the island of Crete there lived a certain dreadful monster, called a Minotaur, which was shaped partly like a man and partly like a bull, and was altogether such a hideous sort of a creature that it is really disagreeable to think of him.
The famous spearsman Idomeneus led the Cretans, who held Cnossus, and the well-walled city of Gortys; Lyctus also, Miletus and Lycastus that lies upon the chalk; the populous towns of Phaestus and Rhytium, with the other peoples that dwelt in the hundred cities of Crete.
have taken over the administration of Crete on normal lines; and tourists must go elsewhere to witness the"debates," "resolutions," and "popular movements" of the old days.
But the people ought to be made one, and a community, as I have already said, by education; as property at Lacedsemon, and their public tables at Crete, were made common by their legislators.
Skirting along the north coast of Sicily, passing through the group of Aeolian Isles, in sight of Stromboli and Vulcania, both active volcanoes, through the Straits of Messina, with "Scylla" on the one hand and "Charybdis" on the other, along the east coast of Sicily, and in sight of Mount Etna, along the south coast of Italy, the west and south coast of Greece, in sight of ancient Crete, up Athens Gulf, and into the Piraeus, Athens will be reached in two and a half or three days.
Kings are like the Jupiter of Crete, they have ears only in their feet.