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Suggested Readings about Crete

These are the most general of categories, and many books could easily have been listed in more than one category. Depending on what aspect of Crete interests you, there may be something on this list to lead you in that direction. Happy reading about Crete!!


Fassoulas, Charalampos G. Field Guide to the Geology of Crete. Heraklio: Natural History     Museum of Crete, University of Crete, 2001.

Rackham, Oliver and Jennifer Moody. The Making of the Cretan Landscape. Manchester,     England: Manchester University Press, 1996.

Sfikas, George. Birds & Mammals of Crete. Athens: Efsthathiadis Group, 1989.

————. Wildflowers of Crete. Athens: Efsthathiadis Group, 1987.

Wilson, Loraine. Crete: The White Mountains. Milnthorpe, Cumbria: Cicerone Press. 2000.


Brown, Ann. Arthur Evans and the Palace of Minos. Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1989.

Castleden, Rodney. Minoans: Life in Bronze Age Crete. London and New York: Routledge,     1990.

Hodder, Ian. The Archaeological Process: An Introduction. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 1999.

Hutchinson, R.W. Prehistoric Crete. Middlesex: Penguin Books, Ltd. 1962.

Kazantzakis, Nikos. At The Palaces of Knossos. Theodora Vasils and Themi Vasils, trans.     Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1988.

Matz, Friedrich. The Art of Crete and Early Greece: The Prelude to Greek Art. New York:     Crown Publishers, Inc., 1962.

Myers, J. Wilson, Eleanor E. Myers, and Gerald Cadogan. The Aerial Atlas of
   Ancient Crete
.London: Thames and Hudson, 1992.

Pellegrino, Charles. Unearthing Atlantis: An Archaeological Odyssey. New York: Random     House, 1991.

Pendlebury, J.D.S. The Archaeology of Crete: An Introduction. New York: Biblo and Tannen,     1963

Platon, Nicholas. Zakros: The Discovery of a Lost Palace of Ancient Crete. New York, Charles     Scribners’ Sons, 1971


Beevor, Anthony. Crete, the Battle and the Resistance. London: John Murray Ltd., 1991.

Clark, Alan. The Fall of Crete. London: Cassell & Co, 1962.

Eudes, Dominique. The Kapetanios: Partisans and Civil War in Greece, 1943- 1949. New     York: Monthly Review Press, 1972.

Fielding, Xan. The Stronghold: An Account of the Four Seasons In The White Mountains.     London: Secker and Warburg, 1953.

Forty, George. Battle of Crete. Hersham, Surrey: Ian Allen Publishing, 2001.

Gage, Nicholas. Eleni. New York: Ballantine Books, 1983.

Harokopos, George Efth.. The Fortress Crete: The Secret War 1941-1944. trans. Spilios     Menounos. Athens: B.Giannikos-B.Caldis, 2001.

Kokonas, N.A. The Cretan Resistance 1941-1945. Iraklion, Crete:Graphotekniki Kritis, 1992.

Mazower, Mark, ed. After The War Was Over: Reconstructing the Family, Nation, and State in     Greece, 1943-1960. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000.

Moss, W. Stanley. Ill Met By Moonlight. Athens: Efstathiadis Group, 1950.

Poppel, Martin. Heaven and Hell: The War Diary of a German Paratrooper. Staplehurst:     Spellmount, 1988.

Powell, Dilys. The Villa Ariadne. Athens: Efsthathiadis Group, 1982

————. An Affair of the Heart. London: Michael Haag Limited, 1983.

Psychoundakis, George. Patrick Leigh Fermor, trans.The Cretan Runner. London: Penguin     Books, Ltd. 1998.

Woodhouse, C.M. Apple of Discord. Reston, Virginia: W.WB. O'Neill, 1985.

————. Modern Greece: A Short History. London: Faber and Faber, 1991

Xotos, Stephanos. Greece: The Struggle for Freedom: The Courageous Story of Greek     Resistance to Fascism, Nazism, and Comunism, 1940-49. New York: Thomas Y.
    Crowell Company, 1967.


Anagnostopoulos, Ilias G. and Konstantinos D. Magliveras. Criminal Law in Greece. The     Hague: Kluwer law International, 2000.

Bouras, Gillian. A Foreign Wife. Victoria, Australia: McPhee Gribble/Penguin Books, 1986.

Bozineki-Didonis, Paraskevi. Greek Traditional Architecture: Crete. trans. Philip Ramp.     Athens: Melissa Publisher, n.d.

Bullis, Douglas. The Chania Town News. Anaheim, Ca: Atelier Books, 2001.

Cox, Anthony. Still Life in Crete. Florida:Universe Publishers, 2001.

Davies, Scott. Riding the Minotaur. Athens:Efstathiadis Group, 1999.

Doren, David MacNeil. Winds of Crete. Athens:Efstathiadis Group, 1999.

du Boulay, Juliet. Portrait of a Greek Mountain Village. Limni, Evia, Greece: Denise Harvey,     1994.

Durrell, Lawrence. The Dark Labyrinth. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1962.

Gage, Eleni. North of Ithaca. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2005.

Greger, Sonia. Village on the Plateau. Studley Warwickshire: Brewin Books, 1988.

Herzfeld, Michael. A Place in History: Social and Monumental Time in a Cretan
. Princeton, New Jersey:Princeton University Press, 1991.

————. The Poetics of Manhood: Contest and Identity in a Cretan Mountain
. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1985.

Hopkins, Adam. Crete: Its Past, Present & People. London & Boston: Faber And Faber, 1977.

————. Essential Crete. Boston, Toronto & London: Little, Brown and Company, 1990.

Kondylakis, Ioannis. Patouchas. Athens:Efstathiadis Group, 1997.

Leigh Fermor, Patrick. Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese. London: John Murray Ltd.,     1958.

————. Roumeli: Travels in Northern Greece. Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England: Penguin     Travel Library, 1983.

Levi, Peter. The Hill of Kronos. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1981.

Llewellyn Smith, Michael. The Great Island: A Study of Crete. London: Longmans, Green &     Co., 1965.

Prevelakis, Pandelis. The Sun of Death. (Trans. by Abbot Rick). New York: Simon and     Schuster. 1964.

Psilakis, Nikos and Maria. Cretan Cooking. Heraklion, Crete: Karmandos, 2000.

Storage, Patricia. Dinner with Persephone: Travels in Greece. New York: Vintage Books, 1997.

Thorne, Christopher. Between The Seas: A Quiet Walk Through Crete. London:
     Sinclair-Stevenson, 1992.


Bloom, Anthony. Beginning to Pray. New York: Paulist Press, 1970.

Clark, Victoria. Why Angels Fall: A Journey Through Orthodox Europe From Byzantium to     Kosovo. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000.

Kalokyris, Konstantin. The Byzantine Wallpaintings of Crete. New York: Red Dust, 1973.

Nixon, Lucia. Making a Landscape Sacred: Outlying Churches and Icon Stands in Sphakia,
    Southwestern Crete
. Oxford: Oxbow Books Limited, 2006.

Nussbaum, Martha C. The Fragility of Goodness: Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and     Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986.

Palmer, G.E.H., Philip Sterrard, Kallistos Ware. The Philokalia. London: Faber & Faber, 1984

Psilakis, Nikos. Monasteries and Byzantine Memories of Crete: A Guide to the
    Monasteries and other Christian Monuments of the Island.
Heraklion: Karmanor, 1994.

Ware, Timothy. The Orthodox Church: New Edition. London: Penguin Books, 1997.

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