This book is supposed to tell not only about Crete, her awe-inspiring long past or the plenty-fold beauty of her landscape. Above all the author would like to give some impression of the people who live on this island, who are in many ways still perceivably the heirs of their great history and who live in the wonderful nature of this smallest of all continents. On the slopes of Mount Ida shepherds live a life full of traditions between past and present. Their proud bearing makes them look like the princes in Minoan frescoes. How they work, celebrate and design their lives is the main topic of this book. The text is written in Greek, German and English.