I am looking for any estimates on the population of ancient Crete in the time period 500BCE to 1BCE. I have searched for such estimates on google but I haven't found anything relevant.

(Note: The prior question asked about Cyprus; this question is about Crete)

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    @PieterGeerkens That was about Cyprus. This is about Crete. Different islands (although they do both happen to be in the same sea, and both start with a 'C').
    – T.E.D.
    Jun 9, 2021 at 17:58
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    I do have to wonder though what exactly is behind these questions? If we get this answered, can we expect further nearly identical questions about Corsica and Sicily? Will we be here next year answering copies of the same question about Honshu and Sumatra? I'm not sure there's anything wrong with that, but I might need a head's up that I have to pace myself...
    – T.E.D.
    Jun 9, 2021 at 19:26
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    Went and checked, and unfortunately Mr. MeEvedy and Jones aren't as helpful here. They don't have Cretan #'s separated out from the rest of Greece. It looks like they show the territory of modern Greece (including Crete) falling from a bit under 5 million in 500BC to about 4.2 millions in 1AD. How that scales down to just Crete, I'm not sure, but it should at least give you an extreme upper bound. Today Greece has a population of 10 mil, and Crete 0.6 mil, so that would work out to about 0.3 mil back then if it stayed proportional.
    – T.E.D.
    Jun 10, 2021 at 18:01
  • @T.E.D. For Crete it's different. It seems to have slumped after Minoan times, was held back in archaic and classical times, but spurted to max ever population desity in Hellenistic/Early Roman times. Jun 16, 2021 at 14:25


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