Notable Cretans

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Minos , an ancient, legendary King of Crete

Idomeneus, an ancient, legendary King of Crete

Epimenides 6th century BC seer, philosopher and poet

Nearchus (4th century BC) officer in the army of Alexander the Great

Aenesidemus (1st century BC) philosopher

Saint Eumenes (7th century) bishop of Gortyna

Antipope Alexander V (1339–1410)

Marcus Musurus (1470–1517) scholar and philosopher

Francesco Barozzi (1537–1604) mathematician and astronomer

El Greco (1541–1614) Greek-Spanish painter

Pedro de Candia (1485–1542) Italian nobelman and Spanish Conquistador

Georgios Chortatsis (c. 1545–1610) Renaissance dramatist

Vitsentzos Kornaros (1553–1613) poet of the Greek Renaissance

Nicholas Kalliakis (1645–1707) Greek Cretan scholar and philosopher

Ahmed Resmî Efendi 18th century Ottoman statesman, diplomat and author

Giritli Ali Aziz Efendi 18th century Ottoman author, diplomat

Daskalogiannis (?–1771) rebel against Ottoman rule

Salacıoğlu (1750–1825) 18th century Turkish folk literature poet

Dimitri Kalergis (1803–1867) statesman

Ioannis Kondylakis (1862–1920) writer

Giritli Sırrı Pasha (1844–1895) Ottoman author, statesman

Eleftherios Venizelos (1864–1936) politician, Prime Minister of Greece

Rahmizâde Bahaeddin Bediz (1875–1951) the first Turkish professional photographer

Evangelos Sarris (1881–1917) army officer

Emmanouil Tsouderos (1882–1956) economist and politician

Paul Mulla (1882–1959) (alias Mollazade Mehmed Ali) Roman Catholic bishop and author

Ali Fuat Cebesoy (1882–1968) Turkish statesman

Nikos Kazantzakis (1885–1957) poet and author

Mustafa Ertuğrul (1892–1961) Turkish naval officer

Alexis Minotis (1898–1990) actor

Mustafa Fehmi Kubilay (1906–1930) Turkish national hero who was lynched by anti-secular religious fundamentalists

Sapfo Notara (1907–1985) actress

Manos Katrakis (1909–1984) actor

Odysseas Elitis (1911–1996) poet, Nobel laureate

Stylianos Pattakos (1912) member of Greek military junta

Konstantinos Mitsotakis (1918) politician, Prime Minister of Greece

Rena Kyriakou (1918–1994) pianist

George Psychoundakis (1920–2006) World War II resistance fighter, poet and translator

Thanasis Skordalos (1920–1998) folk singer and composer

Lili Zografou (1922–1998) journalist and writer

Kostas Mountakis (1926–1991) folk singer and composer

Terpsichori Chryssoulaki-Vlachou (1926–1944) member of the Greek resistance

Michalis Kounelis (1928–1999) musician

Hüsamettin Cindoruk (1933) former chairman of the Turkish Grand National Assembly

Rika Diallina (1934) actress

Nana Mouskouri (1934) singer and politician

Rita Sakellariou (1934–1999) singer

Nikos Xilouris (1936–1980) composer and singer

Konstantinos Volanakis (1937) painter

Giannis Markopoulos (1939) composer

Yoryis Yatromanolakis (1940) author

Manolis Mavrommatis (1941) sports journalist and politician

Psarantonis (1942) musician and singer

Christoforos Liontakis (1945) poet

Yannis Smaragdis (1946) film director

Maro Douka (1947) author

Giannis Dragasakis (1947) politician

Fotis Kafatos biologist

Joseph Sifakis (1946) computer scientist, laureate of the 2007 Turing Award

Halil Berktay (1947) Turkish historian

Nikolaos Sifounakis (1949) politician

Mimis Androulakis (1951) author and politician

Maria Damanaki (1952) politician

Manolis Kefalogiannis (1959) politician

Kostas Hatzidakis (1965) politician

Sezen Aksu Turkish musician, singer and poet

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