|Fresco in Palace of Knossos|
Their culture is named after a mythical Cretan king from Greek mythology called Minos. Minos is said to have had a large fleet and to have demanded human sacrifice from the mainland Greeks, who were sacrificed by being fed to a monster (the Minotaur, the progeny of Minos’ wife and a bull) in a labyrinth underneath Minos’ palace. This continued until a hero from ancient Athens slew the Minotaur. The classical Greek myth is extremely confused but there may be the slightest elements of history lurking around in them. There may be the occasional reference to their culture in Egyptian texts and the Old Testament but apart from these snatches of myth and minimal reference we only have archaeology to go on.
|'Throne Room' in Knossos|
|Fresco from Akrotiri showing a Minoan port|
|Minoan Fresco of Bull Leaping|
|Detail from Knossos Roof|
If the Minoans (an island civilisation) had control of the sea why did their civilisation disappear? We move from one legend to another.
|The bay in the middle of the island is actually a crater|
|Mycenaean Weapons: The Mycenaeans were not peaceful|
|Linear A writing of the Minoan Culture|