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Interview: Dragonfly Song by Wendy Orr
Interviewby Kelly Macquire

Interview: Dragonfly Song by Wendy Orr

In this interview, Ancient History Encyclopedia is talking to Wendy Orr about her first historical fiction novel set in the Aegean Bronze Age, Dragonfly Song. Kelly Macquire (AHE): Wendy, thank you for joining me! Do you want to start...
Europa
Definitionby Mark Cartwright

Europa

Europa is a figure from Greek mythology who later gave her name to the continent of Europe. In one popular version of her story Europa was a Phoenician princess who was abducted by Zeus and whisked off to Crete; King Minos, he of the labyrinth...
Theseus & the Minotaur: More than a Myth?
Articleby Joshua J. Mark

Theseus & the Minotaur: More than a Myth?

Until Sir Arthur Evans unearthed the palace of Knossos, the half-man-half bull killed by Theseus was considered just a popular legend; archaeology changed that perception. King Minos, of Crete, fought hard with his brother to ascend the...
Labyrinth
Definitionby Joshua J. Mark

Labyrinth

The word labyrinth comes from the Greek labyrinthos and describes any maze-like structure with a single path through it which differentiates it from an actual maze which may have multiple paths intricately linked. Etymologically the word...
Map of Minoan Crete
Imageby Bibi Saint-Pol

Map of Minoan Crete

A map of Minoan Crete.
Interview: Swallow's Dance by Wendy Orr
Interviewby Jan van der Crabben

Interview: Swallow's Dance by Wendy Orr

In this interview, Ancient History Encyclopedia is speaking with Wendy Orr, the rather prolific author of numerous books who has recently published the book Swallow's Dance. It is a book of historical fiction set in the Bronze Age Aegean...
The Olive in the Ancient Mediterranean
Articleby Mark Cartwright

The Olive in the Ancient Mediterranean

Olives and olive oil were not only an important component of the ancient Mediterranean diet but also one of the most successful industries in antiquity. Cultivation of the olive spread with Phoenician and Greek colonization from Asia Minor...
Malia, Crete
Imageby Mark Cartwright

Malia, Crete

Hypostyle Hall with six pillars, the Minoan settlement of Mallia archaeological site, Crete (1650-1450 BCE).
Dolphin Fresco, Knossos, Crete
Imageby Mark Cartwright

Dolphin Fresco, Knossos, Crete

A detail of the dolphin fresco, the Minoan palace of Knossos, Crete, (1700-1450 BCE)
Griffin Fresco, Knossos, Crete
Imageby Mark Cartwright

Griffin Fresco, Knossos, Crete

A detail of the griffin fresco reproduction from the throne room, palace of Knossos, Crete, (1700-1450 BCE).