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A Note from Author Jack Dempsey

The Western heritage is far older than books, and more telling. From about 3500 to the 1400s BCE, the families of Minoan Crete and their surround of Aegean and Mediterranean peoples kept on developing their web of cultures. Neither primitive nor utopian, they were centered in cycles of nature, in their ancestors, kinship, festival and trade. Because of them, the first 2000 years of that heritage progressed without entrenched kings.

So began Ariadne’s Brother: A Novel on the Fall of Bronze Age Crete (1996), and People of the Sea tries to speak further from the lives and adventures of these unheard ancestors, returning to the sun in new, precise and dramatic archaeology.

Natural disasters, invasions and political change drove many small kin-groups and banded individuals to migrate and mix with their neighbors—from Troy to Gaza, from Cyprus to Sicily, from Libya and Egypt to the Near East. Ten generations after the fall of Crete’s Knossos Labyrinth, some of their Iron Age peers called them Sea Peoples.

Egypt and The Old Testament inscribed them as brutish invaders. What do the sciences say of their Pulesati or Philistines’ creation of Palestine in Canaan? Did they “sorely oppress” the inland Hebrew tribes, as The Bible says, to keep the emergent Yisryli (Israelites) “in their power”? And if not, can we understand afresh that only multicultural history can take us forward?

In People of the Sea, a man who was once a Minoan priest-chief—the many-sided Deucalion, “Sweet Wine” and “Flood Rider,” once a “Minos” of Crete, Ariadne’s brother—lives to see those days. His life-memories bring our real new inheritance to bear on our old familiar past: his tale explores fact with fiction, and fiction with fact.

Sustaining these 20 years was a journey to the spring near the cave of Crete’s Mount Ida. There, my host cleansed the ancient stone basin with scouring-pebbles and her hands, and welcomed me to drink. I was obliged by that gift, and by other springs as old and refreshing. 






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Out of Djahi
The Sea Peoples council for war and speak their long-lost stories


1: Metanoia
A “change of mind” brings Minoan mountain rebels to new life

2: Pyrrha

A great woman of Cyprus arrives to point the way out and on


3: Night of The Griffin
Deucalion’s rebels take horrible revenge on Crete’s conquerors

 4: The Great Green
New homes begin as the ancient Mediterranean world unfolds


5: Separation & Trial

Deucalion’s gift or curse drives him out into the world again


6: Trial & Revelation
Nightmare-defeat against Egypt puts Deucalion’s people in Palestine


7: Radharani
A priestess of Canaan’s strong magic shows the way into the new land


8: Promised Land
Will Egypt help these Sea Peoples to keep order on lawless highways?


9: Samouel

   Can friends help peace by returning The Ark of The Covenant?

In the shadow of new “history” Deucalion is called home







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