also Cnos·sos or Cnos·sus
An ancient city of northern Crete near present-day Heraklion. The center of a Bronze Age culture that probably flourished from c. 2000 to 1400 BC, it is the traditional site of the labyrinth of Daedalus and the palace of King Minos.
- An archaeological site on the island of Crete.
From Ancient Greek; perhaps from pre-Greek.
- Studies (1901) and "Prehistoric Tombs of Knossos" in Archaeologia (1905); F.
- CNOSSUS, KNOSSOS, or Gnossus, an ancient city of Crete, on the left bank of the Caeratus, a small stream which falls into the sea on the north side of the island.
- While Tsountas, for the Greek Archaeological Society, picked up his work at Mycenae in 1886, and gradually cleared the Acropolis, with notable results, Schliemann tried for traces of the Caesareum at Alexandria, of the Palace of Minos at Knossos, in Crete, and of the Aphrodite temple at Cythera (1888); but he was not successful, meeting in the two former enterprises with a local opposition which his wealth was unable to bear down.