The Island of Crete and Its Ancient Past in Czech Humanist Travelogues



Year of publication 2022
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Listy filologické
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords Old Bohemian Travelogue; Jan Hasištejnský of Lobkowicz; Oldřich Prefát of Vlkanov; Kryštof Harant of Polžice and Bezdružice; Crete; Labyrinth; Minos; the Minotaur; Mount Ida; Zeus
Description The present study is concerned with the travel books composed by three Czech pilgrims-travellers, who visited the island of Crete during their voyage to the Holy Land in the period between the end of the 15th and the end of the 16th century: namely, the travel books by Jan Hasištejnský of Lobkowicz, Oldřich Prefát of Vlkanov, and Kryštof Harant of Polžice and Bezdružice. The study focuses on their perception of the island of Crete and, especially, of its (both real and legendary) ancient history. The aim of the study is to assess the amount of knowledge of ancient Crete the travellers possessed, as well as its sources.
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