The Minoans

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The Minoans

The MinoansOf Crete

GovernmentIn Minoan Crete in the Neopalatial age there is evidence of economic and administrative unity throughout society (though mainly on the island). During this time, in society, women played a powerful role. There was much trading as well. The network of paved roads was expanded extensively and it connected to major Minoan towns and palaces.

The GovernmentThere were a few palace-centers that the Minoans built on Crete that were places where the Minoans managed their agricultural system. Also, these huge buildings were a place of religious and state worship.

EconomyMinoans often made their living through agriculture and farming.

DefenseFor many years, the Minoans had a developed navy and had contact with many important civilizations at the time, such as Mesopotamia and Egypt. This definitely had a large impact on the Minoan culture. Although in contact with these powerful countries, Minoan society was not threatened by external forces because of their strong navy.

The ArtsThe Minoans created their own paint with vegetable matter and used it in their wall paintings (murals) and frescoes, which were often bright. These pieces of art show real animals and people moving around in informal and natural environments. In the ruins of the palace-center at Knossos, and on another island called Thera, wall paintings have been found. One of these works depicts a tableau of an island that had a few ships either leaving or approaching and at least one city. Another one shows women wearing jewelry and graceful dresses who were casually collecting flowers.

The Slogan For Minoans!I like living in a peaceful place with a big navy (you know, just in case), a place where I can express my creativity on walls, where I can become tan working as a farmer. I am a Minoan. Who are you?

DefenseGreek warships had sails and oars. These could both be used at the same time when at open sea, however, only the oars were used during battle. The more oarsmen a Greek fighting ship had, the faster it could move.

The ArtsThe Minoans civilization was known for its fantastic palaces and cities. It also had detailed art such as bright, fragile frescoes, pottery, and elaborate seals. These frescoes were found on the walls of the palace.

DefenseMinoans most likely lived in peace partially because their frescoes contain almost no battle or warrior scenes. Also, Minoan palaces had no defense system. However this also makes sense because Crete was an ocean power in a time when most Near Eastern kingdoms had power on the land.

Leisure ActivitiesIn Knossos at the palace there were flushing toilets in the bathrooms.

Minoan Art Shown Below!

These are some of the ruins of the palace at Knossos

Leisure ActivitiesIn ancient Greece, drink and food were important. Therefore for wealthy greek men, symposia was a major social activity. During one of these occasions, the men, with their heads reclined on pillows, ate and drank their fill. While relaxing in these positions around tables covered with food and drink, these rich men would discuss politics, philosophy, or literature. The participants were entertained with dance and music.

Lillian HacsiSection 21/20/14

The GovernmentThe Minoans also traded with other nations such as Egypt, Sicily, and Cyprus, along with other parts of the Middle East. Some of the products that the Minoans exported were timber, wine, pottery, and olive oil. Also exported by the Minoans was weapons and jewelry. Products that were imported to the minoans by merchants were obsidian, lead, ivory, and copper.

Leisure ActivitiesMinoan houses were made of mud bricks, stones, and timber. These living spaces were also often two stories high.

EducationThe Minoans both didn’t speak Greek and were culturally advanced.More Education!Younger men were given advice by older noblemen on acceptable behavior in their society. These young men also had to learn how to speak well in public.


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