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Across Crete: From Khania to Herakleion

Across Crete: From Khania to Herakleion

Edited by: Johan De Bakker

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The island of Crete was home to Europe's earliest civilization. Since the time of the Minoans, 4000 years ago, it has served as a crossroads where the Eastern and Western worlds have met and exchanged skills and ideas, materials and artefacts. At Knossos, with its gigantic palace complex where the legendary Minos was king and where Theseus slew the Minotaur, we find one of the world's wondrous historical sites. From successive waves of rulers - the Greeks, Romans, Arabs and the Empires of Byzantium, Venice and Ottomans - Crete has aquired layered strata of history unlike any other land. It is this heritage - as well as the astonishing natural beauty of the place - that has drawn visitors from around the world. Their writings are collected in this illustrated book, which is the first of three works together spanning the great island from east to west.

Author Info

Johan de Bakker is a writer specialising in the Middle East and North Africa who has travelled extensively in Crete since the 1970s and studied its history in the early Modern Age

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: World discovery guide books

Paperback
ISBN: 9781850433873
Publication Date: 01 Dec 2002
Number of Pages: 288
Height: 216
Width: 138
Illustrations: colour photographs, maps, engravings

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