Professor George W. M. Harrison, Carleton University
Tourists are attracted to Crete for the splendours of Minoan Knossos and other Bronze Age sites. The architecture of Roma Crete is as substantial as the earlier periods and the importance of Crete to the Roman Empire rivals the earlier periods. Dr. Harrison looks at the key sites but also presents material from sites tourists rarely see. The paper balances information with interpretation of the data and limitations of the evidence, particularly as applied to Romanization. Comparisons with Ottoman Crete/Crete during enosis with Greece are made especially in two areas: the micro-economies of thrift and the crucial influence of new technologies on culture.
Dr. Harrison first started working on Crete in 1980 as a graduate student and in 2008 was elected to the Société internationale des amis de Nikos Kazantzakis.