Zeus and his "Olympian" gods were in full command by the time the Greek language is first attested – as it is at Cnossos/Knossos on the island of Crete, some time in the 14th Century BC.

Zeus and his "Olympian" gods were in full command by the time the Greek language is first attested – as it is at Cnossos/Knossos on the island of Crete, some time in the 14th Century BC.

The Queen's bath, Palace of Knossos, Crete, Greece. Minoan civilisation, 16th century BC.

The Queen's bath, Palace of Knossos, Crete, Greece. Minoan civilisation, 16th century BC.

Leonidian hotel at Olympia: Every four years, some 40,000 ancient Greeks would gather under truce to celebrate the original Olympic games and pay due worship to the power and majesty of great father Zeus, "King of Gods and men". Captions by Paul Cartledge, A G Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at Cambridge University.

In pictures: The first Olympic hotel

Leonidian hotel at Olympia: Every four years, some 40,000 ancient Greeks would gather under truce to celebrate the original Olympic games and pay due worship to the power and majesty of great father Zeus, "King of Gods and men". Captions by Paul Cartledge, A G Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at Cambridge University.

The Citadel at Mycenae: About 1400 BC Viking-like Greeks from Peloponnesian Mycenae and elsewhere on the Greek mainland torched most of the major palatial centres of Crete. Thanks to these fires, samples of the earliest Greek texts were accidentally preserved, written in a script eventually to be deciphered in the 1950s.

In pictures: The first Olympic hotel

The Citadel at Mycenae: About 1400 BC Viking-like Greeks from Peloponnesian Mycenae and elsewhere on the Greek mainland torched most of the major palatial centres of Crete. Thanks to these fires, samples of the earliest Greek texts were accidentally preserved, written in a script eventually to be deciphered in the 1950s.

The Minoan palace of Knossos, Crete. With already a history of extensive human occupation, the first palace was built here approximately 2000 BC.

The Minoan palace of Knossos, Crete. With already a history of extensive human occupation, the first palace was built here approximately 2000 BC.

Carnelian seal with a man driving a chariot. Minoan, about 1450-1300 BCE. From Knossos, Crete

Carnelian seal with a man driving a chariot. Minoan, about 1450-1300 BCE. From Knossos, Crete

September 11, 2001: Unbelievable Picture Of People Watching The South Tower Collapse

Unbelievable Picture Of People Watching The South Tower Collapse

September 11, 2001: Unbelievable Picture Of People Watching The South Tower Collapse

One of the Seven Wonders of the World...The Colossus of Rhodes was a statue of the Greek Titan Helios, erected in the city of Rhodes on the Greek island of Rhodes by Chares of Lindos between 292 and 280 BC.

The Colossus of Rhodes

One of the Seven Wonders of the World...The Colossus of Rhodes was a statue of the Greek Titan Helios, erected in the city of Rhodes on the Greek island of Rhodes by Chares of Lindos between 292 and 280 BC.

An American Marine readies to land on Guadalcanal during the five-month struggle for the island between late 1942 and early 1943. Three thousand miles south of Tokyo, Guadalcanal was a major shipping point for military supplies. The Allied victory there in February, 1943, marked a major turning point in the war after a string of Japanese victories in the Pacific. (Joe Scherschel—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

An American Marine readies to land on Guadalcanal during the five-month struggle for the island between late 1942 and early 1943. Three thousand miles south of Tokyo, Guadalcanal was a major shipping point for military supplies. The Allied victory there in February, 1943, marked a major turning point in the war after a string of Japanese victories in the Pacific. (Joe Scherschel—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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