This book is a detailed guide to the myths and legends of Crete, with an exploration of how it became the seat of one of the largest and most influential ancient civilisations the world has ever seen. From the primitive peoples of ancient Europe to the inexorable rise of Greece, this volume walks the reader through the influence of mythology on the formative epoch of European civilisation. Contents include: “Primitive Europeans of Glacial and Interglacial Periods”, “Palaeolithic Magic and Religion”, “Ancient Peoples of the Goddess Cult”, “History in Myth and Legend—Schliemann's Discoveries”, “Crete as the Lost Atlantis”, “The Great Palace of Knossos”, “Races and Myths of Neolithic Crete”, “Pre-Hellenic Earth of Neolithic Crete”, “Pre-Hellenic Earth and Corn Mothers”, etc. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new introduction on Greek mythology.