Minoan Civilization

The Minoan Civilization developed in the Bronze Age on the island of Crete and thrived on trade from Aegean population centers, Egypt, the Levant, Cyprus, and Anatolia from approximately the 27th century BC to the 15th century BC. It is most famous for the Palace at Knossos where its kings lived.

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How was the minotaur made?

Poseidon, god of the sea, had gives Minos, king of Crete, a bull to be sacrificed to him. Minos liked it so the bull never got sacrificed. Poseidon got mad and caused romance between the bull and Minos' wife. The result of this relationship was the Minotaur, half man, half bull.

Where did Minos reign?

Crete, the second largest island of Greece, seconding only to the Peloponneses.

What was the Minotaur's personality?

The minotaur couldn't track things very fast. He is very violent and cruel. He needs 14 people to feed him every year. Look at the story- The Labyrith

How were the Mycenaeans and the Minoans Similar?

they reigned and traded in and around the aegean sea.

they had both spent time sailing in the water.

They both were the first two cultures to be developed in greece.

(Mycenaeans were first because the only spoke greek.)

They had very similiar pottery, religion: they both believed in 1 goddess, they had the same palace layout:open for all except a few rooms only for nobles rather than the common people, however, the Mycaneans were more focused on weaponry and military rather than the artsy Minoans which painted in very vivid colors. Mycaneans painted their hunts while Minoans didn't. They both: used metals, gold was for nobles, bronze was for tools,had small figurines made by hand for religious practices, head religious water, deep bathtubs to fit comfortably, writings were in linear arrangement but only Mycanean has been translated.

They both traded and they were both in Greece

Who lived Knossos?

Knossos is a city in Crete and it is believed to be the cultural and religious center of the Minoan Civilization. Legend says that a labryinth was built at Knossos to house the Minotaur.

What made the Minoans wealthy?

The things that made them wealthy were: 1. Trade... They built ships from oak and cedar trees and sailed as far as Egypt and Syria. They traded pottery and stone vases for ivory and melts.. Welcome!

Why were the Mycenaean palaces important places?

The Mycenaean places were held as tombs for the Mycenaean's.

What was the name of the labyrinth where the Minotaur lived?

A:In Greek mythology, the Minotaur as the Greeks imagined him, was a creature with the head of a bull on the body of a man or, as described by Ovid, "part man and part bull". He dwelt at the center of the Cretan Labyrinth, which was an elaborate maze-like construction built for King Minos of Crete and designed by the architect Daedalus and his son Icarus who were ordered to build it to hold the Minotaur. The Minotaur was eventually killed by the Athenian hero Theseus.

Sinong arkeologong nakatagpo sa labi ni haring minos?

si arthur evans nilabanan niya si minos at natalo si minos pinabayaan lang muna ni arthur evans ito nang nag daan na ang ilang taon binalikan na ito.kaya siya ang naka tuklas kay minos......................

What are facts about the minotaur?

  • that the minotaur was the head of a bull on a humans head
  • the minotaur was held in the labyrinth
  • the minotaur only killed the people and did not eat them

How did trade contribute to the development of Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations?

Mycenaeans and Minoans traded by sea. Sending out ships to trade goods such as food, pottery and anything which had value. Mycenaeans used imported foods from other countries. And also sold their high quality pottery. They became wealthy through this.

What was home to the Minoan people?

The Minoan people originated on the island of Crete and spread to the nearby islands (such as Santorini). They were named for the lengendary King Minos of Knossos.

What is the Greek myth of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth?

The Minotaur was a curse on Crete, I think sent from Poseidon or born from something sent by Poseidon. King Minos of Crete kidnapped the genius inventor Daedalus and his son, and told him to design and build an impossible labyrinth in which he could keep the Minotaur so it could never get out. Daedalus did this and then eventually escaped from Crete, but that is another story.

King Minos told Athens that he would go to war with them if they did not send 10 young men and 10 young women each year for him to feed the Minotaur, and King Aegeus of Athens had no choice but to agree. So every year the 20 sacrifices were put on a ship and sent to Athens where they were thrown into the labyrinth and fed to the Minotaur. Eventually King Aegeus' son Theseus of Athens decided this had to stop so he begged his father to let him go with the next group of sacrifices so he could slay the Minotaur and no more sacrifices would be needed. Reluctantly King Aegeus agreed, and told his son that if he was successful he should sail home in a ship with white sails, and if he were to die the ship should return with black sails.

When Theseus arrived in Athens with the other 19 sacrifices he was met by the King and his daughter Princess Ariadne of Crete. She immediately recognised Theseus as a prince and fell in love with him, but she was fairly plain to look at and he barely noticed her. The sacrifices were taken to the holding cells to await their fate with the Minotaur, and Theseus began to work out how he could escape from the maze again after slaying the Minotaur, for King Minos had begun to enjoy the fearsome reputation his monster gave him and would not be pleased when it was slain. One night, after visiting Daedalus who had soft spot for the princess, Ariadne came to Theseus and offered him a way to escape the maze after killing the Minotaur if he would agree to take her with him as his wife when he escaped. Theseus did not want to marry Ariadne but nor did he wish to be stuck in the maze forever so he agreed, and she gave him a ball of string.

Eventually it was Theseus' turn to be thrown into the labyrinth. He was taken to the grid that was the entrance and thrown in. He then attached the end of the string to the grating before setting off into the maze to find the monster. Eventually at the centre of the labyrinth he came across the Minotaur, and proceeded to wrestle the bull creature, until he caught it by the horns and wrenched at it's head, breaking it's neck. He then followed his string back to the entrance to the labyrinth where Ariadne was waiting and together they escaped for the ship and set sail back to Crete.

Theseus was overjoyed at his success, but less pleased by the plain-looking princess he had acquired. He decided he did not wish to marry her, so on the way home he had the ship stop on the island of Naxos, claiming he wished to return home refreshed and with a gleaming ship. Ariadne offered to go and clean the sails, which had become fairly dirty in the ship's time in Crete's harbour. Watching her on her knees on the beach happily scrubbing the sails, Theseus was disgusted by her un-princess-like behaviour, and boarded his ship and set sail for home without her, leaving Ariadne stranded on the beach with the sails. One of the gods fell in love with Ariadne and took her away from the island to be his wife, but that is another tale.

As the sails had been left on the beach with the princess, the crew took out their spare set of sails, the black pair, and set off once again for Athens. King Aegeus was, as he had been every day since his son left, waiting on the cliff looking for some sign of his son's ship, and as it came over the horizon he was filled with happiness which was quickly overcome by grief when he saw the colour of the sails and, remembering his son's promise, believed that Theseus was dead. In his grief he hurled himself off the cliff into the sea that was named after this act, the Aegean sea.

Theseus returned home to find his father dead, and regretted the day he had ever left Ariadne and the sails on an island.

Where did the early Minoans live?

They most likely started off in Crete and moved to other islands from there.

Where does the minotaur live in ancient Greece?

around the scary mountain and in to the the scary disgusting dark smelly ugly cave known as your moms face

Did Poseidon make the minotaur?

King Minos wanted to prove that he deserved to be king so he asked Poseidon to send a bull for him to sacrifice. However, Minos did not want to sacrifice the bull because of its beauty. As punishment, Poseidon had Aphrodite, goddess of love, make Minos' wife fall in love with the bull. The result was the half-man half-bull creature, the Minotaur.