The Minoan Culture

The Minoan people lived in Crete. They were farmers, potters (some of their pots being as tall as people) and metal workers, and they were more of a peaceful sort of people. Their culture was named after their king Minos, and they were well known for their palace in Knossos. Knossos was the largest city in the Minoan culture. The Palace was four stories high, had about one thousand rooms, and spread over several thousand square meters.

Bulls had a big influence on their culture. They had bull leaping, the worship of bulls (indicated by the presence of sacred bulls’ horns), and artwork of people leaping over a bull in the palace. All of this combined led to the story of Theseus and the labyrinth-dwelling Minotaur.

There is not much information on this time, because of a lack of historical records. Yet there are so many amazing stories in this Culture, including a lot of Greek mythology.


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