uk/research/news/unusually-sophisticated-prehistoric-monuments-and-technology-revealed-in-the-heart-of-the-aegean) conducted by a team from University of Cambridge, the Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades, and the Cyprus Institute, could mean that one of the earliest examples of plumbing or drainage tunnels were not set up by the Minoan civilization as the structures at Dhaskalio were built almost 1,000 years about the Minoan palace of Knossos
on the Greek island of Crete.
Some believe it is a reference to a Gnostic doctrine, others see it as a suggestion of the ancient palace of Knossos
and the stately Cretan figures endlessly circling the dark pottery there.
One day we forced ourselves away from the luxury of the complex for the Minoan Magic excursion, a morning spent exploring the ruins of the Palace of Knossos
, once ruled over by King Minos, according to the Greek myth.
But if you're feeling adventurous, learn about Crete's rich history when it was the centre of the Minoan civilisation on a tour of the ruins of the Palace of Knossos
, outside the city of Heraklion, once the capital.
The exact origin of griffin mythology is unknown, but visual representations of them appear in the Bronze Age throne room of the Palace of Knossos
in ancient Crete and in ancient Persia.
A visit to Crete is incomplete without exploring the Palace of Knossos
Of all the peddlers of scientific spirituality, perhaps none was quite so passionately effective as the eccentric British antiquarian Arthur Evans, whose excavation and reconstruction of the Palace of Knossos
on the island of Crete began in 1900 when he was 49.
Next came Crete, largest island in Greece, where the ship berthed in the busy capital of Heraklion (named after Hercules), handily placed for a trip to the ruined Palace of Knossos
, built by the Minoans in around 1900BC.
CUTLINE: (1) This frieze, depicting gymnastic bull riding, comes from the palace of Knossos
, the main Minoan site and tourist resort.
In his The Palace of Minos, which appeared in four volumes from 1921 to 1935, Evans gave not only archaeological support for the historicity of Minos but also "a local habitation and a name" for the Labyrinth itself and perhaps even its famous monster incumbent: the sprawling palace of Knossos
with its frescoes of adolescents leaping dangerously if gracefully over the backs of bulls.
While Crete s literary history extends down to its major twentieth-century writers--notably Kazantzakis and his close friend Pandelis Prevelakis, but also such contemporaries as Dimitris Kalokyris, Ioanna Karystiani, and Rea Galanaki, whose historical novel The Life of Ismail Ferik Pasha (1989) is listed in UNESCO's "Collection of Representative Works"--its cultural tradition reaches back into a mythic past invoked by the ruins of the Palace of Knossos
a few miles to the south.