Blog Entry One:1700 B.C.E. We have encountered a very destructive earthquake. Our
lavish palace of Knossos has been completly leveled. The palace contained much of our
culture. There were several structures that surrounded a large court. Here we were able
to very fine pottery on black grazed ground. Such an important building for the Minoan
people must be rebuilt somehow. We may have to start construction on a new building
instead of trying to fix the old one.

Blog Entry Two:1900 B.C.E.The palace of Knossos has finally been rebuilt. The hilly
ground was thought to be a main cause in such an easy destruction by the earthquake.
This time we have connected the building on the less flat section of land with colonnades
and flights of stairs. The administrative and ceremonial quarters of the palace were put in
the west side of the court. In the basement rooms of this area we have decided to store
wheat, oil, and treasures. Now we are finally able to provide water and sanitation for the
palace. The Minoans have finally reached the height of their civilization.

Blog Entry Three:1900 B.C.E. The Mycenaeans have taken complete control over our
people. At first they had seemed friendly. We had begun trading with them and they
adapted our language of Linear A. They then developed their own form of language
which is called Linear B. They began to build huge stone fortresses and palaces and
developed their own society. Soon they overpowered all of our palaces and built craft
workshops. We, the Minoans, no longer have control of Crete. It appears that this is our
downfall and that the Mycenaeans are now in complete control.

Minoans (2600 - 1900 B.C.E.)

Ruins of Minoan Palace of Knossos




We were fortunate to have advanced buildings that were equipped with indoor plumbing and
drainage systems. Some of these systems even contained toilets that flushed. We
were very developed in the art of metalworking and made skillful jewelry creations which
decorated many noble palaces. We also taught the Mycenaeans how to inlay bronze
with gold.
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Bee pendant made out of gold between 1800 and 1700 B.C.E.

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A Minoan wine press from the Palace of Knossos


Villas were very popular, and they were the homes of local governors with great
power under the control of the King. Roads were built in higher demand and the harbors
were very organized. The new palaces were multi-storied and very complex.
They had large courtyards, broad staircases, and processional paths.
Map of our civilization on the island of Crete.


All of the gods of the our religion were female. We concentrated on the worship of
trees, sacred stones, and springs. Ritual celebrations took place in sacred caves,
on sanctuaries on mountain peaks, and in the palaces which all had their
own sanctuaries. Animal sacrifices, were part of ritual worship of the female nature
goddess, and during these festivities worshippers used music, dance, and prayer to
put them in touch with the supernatural. The sacrifice of the bull, and games that
centered around the animal, were large parts of our religious festivals, symbolizing
man's interaction with powerful natural elements.


The Wall

Phoenicians: Hey there Minoans. Happy we could help you trade all over Crete because of our technology in seafaring. Trading is, of course, the best was to spread ideas and goods, that's why we focused on it more than military expansion.

Hey there, I'm glad you guys allowed us to adopt your form of script in 1400 BC, since we extended our control to Crete, the center of your civilization. We're sorrry we had to defeat you in war though. But I mean come on, we beat Troy! How on earth could we stand to lose to you guys (no offense).
Bentley, Jerry H., and Herbert F. Ziegler
Traditions and Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2006

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