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15 07, 2017

Minotaur – the Labyrinth – Greek mythology

By |2018-04-23T11:50:18-07:00July 15th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|0 Comments

Pasiphae holds the baby Minotaur Once upon a time on the island of Crete, maybe about 1325 BC, Europa's son Minos became the king of Crete, and his wife was Queen Pasiphae (in the story; this is only a story). The gods were angry at Minos and Pasiphae (PAH-si-fay), and they made them have a monster for a [...]

7 07, 2017

Minoan Crete – Bronze Age Greece

By |2018-04-23T07:37:26-07:00July 7th, 2017|Greeks, History|0 Comments

Map of Minoan Crete Sometime in the Neolithic period - the Late Stone Age - people came to live on the island of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea. Nobody knows for sure where these people came from. It might be West Asia, or it might be Greece, or it might even be Egypt. Up [...]

5 07, 2017

Minoan and Mycenaean Sculpture

By |2018-04-15T15:52:21-07:00July 5th, 2017|Art, Greeks|0 Comments

Minoan snake goddess from Knossos In the Bronze Age there was not a lot of sculpture in Greece. In Crete, between about 1700 and 1450 BC, the Minoans produced a lot of medium-sized figurines, mainly made of bronze and ivory. Some of these show women holding snakes: this may be the goddess herself, [...]

2 07, 2017

Minoan and Mycenaean Greek painting

By |2018-04-22T10:38:25-07:00July 2nd, 2017|Art, Greeks|0 Comments

Dolphin fresco, Knossos, Crete (about 1500 BC) Although people in Northern Europe were doing cave paintings tens of thousands of years earlier, the first paintings from Greece are not until the Late Bronze Age, about 1700 BC. They come from the island of Crete, where the Minoans lived. Minoan people created these paintings [...]

1 07, 2017

Minoan and Mycenaean architecture

By |2018-04-15T15:37:39-07:00July 1st, 2017|Architecture, Greeks|0 Comments

Bronze Age palace in Knossos, Crete Around 1700 BC, a great earthquake shook the island of Crete and knocked down the palaces (or big houses) that many people had been living in. The people rebuilt these palaces much bigger and more beautiful than before, but still along the same lines of all the [...]