Roman Crete

Less than an hour from Heraklion lie the ruins of Gortys. Built in the first century BC, when Crete became part of the mighty Roman Empire, it was, at the time, the island’s capital city, with a population of over 200,000 people.

IMG_0059

It is clear from the Roman  ruins at Gortys, that this was no mere outpost, but a rich and sophisticated city, with a grand praetorium or Governor’s residence,  temples, including a Nymphaeon dedicated solely to the worship of nymphs and , of course, an amphitheatre.

The most important find, here, though is the Code of Gortys. Inscribed on the curved walls of the ancient town’s auditorium and able to be read by all citizens, the Code outlines regulations on family, moral, inheritance and political issues. Of the original 640 lines, 605 are still visible. The Code of Gortys was quoted in Plato’s Laws and is the foundation of modern, western law.

Roman rule on Crete was relatively short lived and not long into the first century AD, Rome fell and Crete with it, leaving the way clear for another power to seize and occupy this lovely land.

43 thoughts on “Roman Crete”

  1. Normally I don’t read article on blogs, but I would like to say that this write-up very compelled me to check out and do so! Your writing style has been surprised me. Thank you, very great post.

    1. Thanks. I’m sorry, I’m not much use at the technical side of things but as far as I know there haven’t been any difficulties with the rss

  2. Hi – in truth great site you have created. I enjoyed reading this posting. I did want to publish a remark to tell you that the design of this content is very aesthetically delightful. I used to be a graphic designer, now I am a copy editor. I have always enjoyed functioning with information processing systems and am trying to learn code in my free time.
    Oakley Sunglasses For A Small Face http://genderbiasbingo.com/Oakley-Sunglasses-Outle.php?pid=2543

    1. Thanks! I love your website too. Great layout and fantastic information I’ll be visiting there often. You keep up the great work too!

  3. I discovered your site on bing and read a few of your early posts. I hope you will continue the very good work. I just added your RSS feed to my MSN News Reader. Im seeing forward to reading more from you later on!

    1. Yes, I created this site myself but I used the WordPress 2014 theme. Good luck with your site and thank you for your comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *