It is virtually impossible to talk about early Greek history without at some point introducing the Minoans. The Minoans were not Greeks nor do they appear to be closely related. What seems clear however is that they helped to shape the early Greek civilization, later immortalized by Homer and other Greek poets. The primary ancestors of both the Minoans and Mycenaeans were populations from Neolithic Western Anatolia and Greece and the two groups were very closely related to each other, and to modern Greeks. The Minoans and Mycenaeans occupy an important place in Greek, and European, history.
View of a 25m-high exposure of Minoan tephra in the quarry near Megalochori at the caldera cliff. The first pumice fall phase BO-1 overlies the dark Minoan paleosoil (lower middle of photo), followed by a thick sucession of BO-2 cross-bedded dune-forming surges and lithic-rich ash-flows of BO-3 (upper part of wall). The Minoan Culture Grows and Thrives. Research shows that the Minoans were primarily mercantilist people, engaged in overseas trade. They managed a lucrative maritime empire, controlling most of the commerce around Greece, the Greek islands, the Mediterranean region, and the Aegean Sea out to the Black Sea.In the Greek Bronze Age the Minoans and Mycenaeans created the intriguing archaeological sites of Knossos, Mycenae ‘Rich in Gold’, Pylos and Akrotiri. The Minoans thrived on Crete for about five centuries. Then in 1450 B.C., they were conquered by the Mycenaeans, who had developed a civilization on the Greek mainland. No one is quite sure why the Minoans were conquered. Some think an earthquake, vol- cano, or tsunami damaged Crete and ruined their agriculture and trade. The Minoans were the first Greek civilization. They appeared on the island of Crete. Minoans were greatly influence by two other ancient cultures: Egypt and Mesopotamia. The Egyptian greatly influence the Minoans in terms of apparent. Minoan architecture used columns just like the Egyptian. In Book 4, line 437, the Greeks are forging towards the Trojan army: 'Their speech and dialects were all different, as they spoke a mixture of languages—the troops hailed from many parts.' There are also the names of the Trojans, given in Greek as the audience was Hellenistic and more recognisable.
Jun 17, 2010 · Only the Egyptians rivalled this cretan civilisation in sophistication, and in contrast to the dark world outside it, the Minoans were truly remarkable. It is these works of art, made with such sophistication an incredibly long time ago that are among the most fascinating elements of the Minoans. Aug 01, 2013 · I admit that I smiled then, thinking about all the other unlikely I had read about the ancient Greeks in America, Australia or Japan. And I would keep this story in my subconscious, if not learned about a recent book – The Lost Empire of Atlantis of Gavin Menzies- which returned resoundingly the issue and raised a host of discussion on the internet.
The Minoans thrived on Crete for about five centuries. Then in 1450 B.C., they were conquered by the Mycenaeans, who had developed a civilization on the Greek mainland. No one is quite sure why the Minoans were conquered. Some think an earthquake, vol- cano, or tsunami damaged Crete and ruined their agriculture and trade. This find suggests that the Minoans were living in Gerar‚ the city in which Abraham and Isaac encountered Philistines in Genesis 21 and 26‚ and had possibly been for a significant time prior to 1600 BC. Painting Minoan-style reliefs would hardly be among the first tasks undertaken by settlers.Jan 15, 2013 · The ancient Minoans. Crete is the largest Greek isle and the site of thousands of years of civilization, including the Minoans, who dominated during the Bronze Age, between about 2700 B.C. and ... After this I accepted the fact that Minoans were not Greeks. Last summer I bought from a museum (on Lemnos island precisely) a book written by J.T. Hooker titled 'Linear B: An introduction' (translated to Greek of course). [For those who may not know it, Linear B is the script that the Myceneans were using. It has been translated, and it was ...For example, the fact that the Mycenaeans spoke Greek but the Minoans spoke a different, still untranslated tongue "has long suggested that the mainland and Crete were subjected to different ...