An island of southeast Greece in the east mediterranean and beyond. Its Minoan society, centered at the city of Knossos in the north shore, had been among the first worldwide and achieved the height of the wealth and energy c. 1600 B.C. Crete later fell towards Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Venetians, and Ottoman Turks. The islanders proclaimed their union with modern-day Greece in 1908.
Sea ofCrete A section associated with the southern Aegean water between Crete and Cyclades isles.