Cnossus


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Cnos·sos

or Cnos·sus  (nŏs′əs)

Knos·sos

also Cnos·sos or Cnos·sus  (nŏs′əs)
An ancient city of northern Crete near present-day Heraklion. The center of a Bronze Age culture that probably flourished from c. 2000 to 1400 bc, it is the traditional site of the labyrinth of Daedalus and the palace of King Minos.

Cnossus

(ˈnɒsəs; ˈknɒs-)
n
(Placename) a variant spelling of Knossos

Knos•sos

or Cnos•sus

(ˈnɒs əs)

n.
a ruined city in N central Crete: capital of the ancient Minoan civilization.
Knos′si•an, adj.
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Noun1.Cnossus - an ancient town on Crete where Bronze Age culture flourished from about 2000 BC to 1400 BCCnossus - an ancient town on Crete where Bronze Age culture flourished from about 2000 BC to 1400 BC
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There is a great town there, Cnossus, where Minos reigned who every nine years had a conference with Jove himself.
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.
495-6) at Cnossus and a Cretan month bearing the same name.