Палекастро / Roussolakkos the ancient Minoan city

Roussolakkos is the site of an important Minoan city, located near to Palekastro, Crete. It is the only Minoan city to have survived intact. Its harbor, outlying settlements, sanctuaries and quarries are preserved under sediments accumulating over more than 2,000 years. It was here, the ancient authors tell us, that Diktaian Zeus (the youthful Cretan equivalent of the classical Greek god Dionysos and Egyptian Osiris) was born and where this young god founded his holy city. A temple to Zeus was built at the nearby Elaea promontory. It was also here that Jason and the Argonauts confronted Talos, the man of bronze, a generation before the Trojan War. The ancient town was in use from Early Minoan IIA to Late Minoan IIIB.Minoan houses and streets, and offerings from the Greek temple of Diktaian Zeus have been excavated at the site.


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  Палекастро (Palaikastro), древнее поселение городского типа на восточном берегу острова Крит. Раскопки производились преимущественно в начале 20 в. Культурные слои П. содержат значительные остатки периода расцвета крито-микенской культуры и более раннего времени. Рядом с поселением располагался большой некрополь. Сохранились руины древнегреческого святилища Зевса Диктейского.


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