Minoan Crete in New York City

The Onassis Cultural Center will be hosting an exhibit of ancient Minoan artifacts starting March 13.

The exhibition brings to light aspects of Minoan daily life during the second and third millennia B.C., including social structure, communications, bureaucratic organization, religion, and technology.

In eleven thematic sections, the exhibition maps chronologically the establishment and great achievements of Minoan culture. Here the viewer can explore the historical and cultural context of this celebrated society and gain insight into its mysteries, such as the legends surrounding the reign of King Minos of Knossos, who commissioned the fabled Labyrinth of Greek mythology.

Most of these pieces have never been seen outside of Crete, so if you’re planning on being in the Northeast US between March 13 and September 13, you might want to make a point of visiting.

Remember: Minoans are reknown not just for the legendary labyrinth designed by Daedalus, the bull dancers, queen Pasiphae having sex with a bull and giving birth to the Minotaur, but also for topless babes. That place was lousy with breastseses.

Just sayin’, in case it sweetens the deal for anyone.

6 thoughts on “Minoan Crete in New York City

  1. Dear Sirs,
    I would like someone’s assistance in providing me and my wife about my wife’s

    1. grandfather from father’s line, named Constantine or Constantinos FARKOUH (surname in English) or FARKOUCH (surname in French), born in February 1, 1885 in Izmir, Turkey, at the time called Smirne, or Smirni according to a transliteration (after 1922 the city was named “Izmir”). He was a merchant, or trader (of corn, in the 1910’s). His wife’s name was Elli and died in Greece in 1948. He left a) a son named Stephanos (in english would be “Steven”) and b) a daughter Stefania (she died in Izmir in 1985) unmarried and without descendants.

    2. great grandfather (equally from father’s line),Hadji Daud FARKOUH (he was originately a moslem and converted to christianiy therefore taking the name of David, in arabic “Daud” and Hadji deonotes a converted person to christianity), a wealthy shipowner from Syria, at the time being part of the Ottoman Empire. By the 1870’s he established his home and his business in Izmir Turkey, (at the time it was called Smirne, or Smirni). One of his children was named Constantine, as mentioned above as (1).

    Hadji Daud FARKOUH played a part in history in the revolution of Crete’s population agains the Ottoman Empire in 1997, when his ship “GEORGIOS” transported ottoman troop to put down the revolution, and the ship was captured by a Greek war vessel and confiscated, according to the rules of the Law of War.

    I would like to obtain documents pertaining to both Jadji Daud and Constantine Farkouh’s dates of birth, death and family members, the two persons’s names of descendants and the two persons marital status (official documents).

    Could you help me? (nglnop2003@yahoo.com)

    1. Dear Nicolas,
      Even though I don’t have any information about the birth dates of your ancestors; I would like to remind you that since Hadji Davoud was from the Syrian region, you should check into Lebanese History. If memory serves; I remember that a large scale conversion to Christianity occurred amongst the Druze Community (a secretive sect classified as Muslim) during early 1860’s in the region known then as the Mount.
      Best Regards, Osman Levend

  2. Dear Nicolas
    I am Turkish Maritime Historian.
    My last work is 6 volumes “History of Turkish Shipowners “.
    I still work for the seventh volume.

    In the first six volumes, there was information about Hadji Davud Farkouh or Hadji Davud Farkouh.
    However, there is not enough information about him, his family, his life.
    Also photos were not found.

    I could not find this information, photos despite all my efforts.
    I was hoping you mentioned it as your wife’s grand grand father.
    House of Haci Davud Farkouh family was in Buca, Izmir.
    It is still being used as the Center of Culture and Art of behalf of Buca Municipalty..
    Many photos of other levantine families are available from the Levantine Heritage Foundation records. But there is no photos of the Farkouh family.

    The documents have the names ”Hadji Davud Farkouh“ and ”G.Farkouh”
    They were both very successful yachtsmen.
    The name of the companies was “Archipelago- American Steamship Co.”
    Kind regards
    Osman Ondes

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