List of people from Crete

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The following is a list of people from the island of Crete in southern Greece.



See also Category:Cretan mythology and History of Crete

  • Acacallis daughter of Minos.
  • Aerope granddaughter of Minos.
  • Androgeus son of Minos.
  • Ariadne daughter of Minos.
  • Asterion first king of Crete.
  • Bianna immigrant to ancient Gaul.
  • Catreus son of Minos.
  • Deucalion son of Minos, father of Idomeneus.
  • Dictys Cretensis legendary companion of Idomeneus, and the alleged author of a diary.
  • Glaucus (son of Minos)
  • Idomeneus son of Deucalion. He led the Cretan armies to the Trojan War in the side of Achaeans.
  • Minos son of Asterion, king of Crete and judge in the Greek underworld.
  • Rhadamanthus son of Asterion, king of Crete and judge in the Greek underworld.
  • Zeus father of the gods of Olympus, god of the sky, thunder and lightning.


Archaic era[edit]

Classical era (ca.500-335 BC)[edit]

  • Ergoteles (5th century BC) Olympic runner of Knossos, migrant to Himera, Sicily.
  • Kresilas (5th century BC) sculptor, famous for his "Pericles statue".
  • Brotachus of Gortyna, mercenary mentioned in an epigram of Simonides.
  • Sotades (early 4th century BC) Olympic runner. In his second Olympic victory, he ran for Ephesus.

In the army of Alexander the Great[edit]

  • Eurybotas and Ombrion, generals of archers
  • Nearchus admiral, geographer and explorer.
  • Sibyrtius general and satrap of Arachosia and Gedrosia.

Hellenistic period (323 BC- 69 BC)[edit]

  • Rhianus (3rd century BC), poet and scholar.
  • Lagoras (3rd century BC) mercenary in the service of Ptolemy IV Philopator.

Roman period (69 BC-330)[edit]

Byzantine period (330-824, 961-1204)[edit]

Venetian period (1204-1669)[edit]





  • John Rhosos (15th century) scribe, calligraphist and translator.
  • Marcus Musurus (1470–1517) professor of Greek at the University of Padua, scholiast and epigrammatist.
  • Nicholas Kalliakis (1645–1707) classical professor in universities of Italy.

Ottoman period (1669-1898)[edit]



See also Cretan Turks





  1. ^ I︠A︡roslav Dmytrovych Isai︠e︡vych (2006). Voluntary brotherhood: confraternities of laymen in early modern Ukraine. Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies Press. p. 47. ISBN 1-894865-03-0. …the Greek merchants Constantine Korniakt and Manolis Arphanes Marinetos are added. This second redaction appeared no earlier than 1589, as wealthy Greeks began to join the confraternity at a later date, once it had expanded its activities. Korniakt was actually the wealthiest man in Lviv: he traded in Eastern, Western, and local goods, collected customs duty on behalf of the king, and owned a number of villages.