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The Minoans

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The Minoans

<p>Based principally on the island of Crete, the Minoans flourished from about 2600 to 1200 BC. The civilization was lost, but “rediscovered” at the end of the 19th century through the legendary

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Based principally on the island of Crete, the Minoans flourished from about 2600 to 1200 BC. The civilization was lost, but “rediscovered” at the end of the 19th century through the legendary Knossos. We have little written evidence relating to the Minoans, but a wealth of archaeological evidence, which has historians asking more questions than they can provide hard and fast answers for.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Rodney Castleden, Minoans: Life in Bronze Age Crete. Routledge, 1990


COURSE OUTLINE

  • The legends surrounding the Minoans
  • How the Minoans were forgotten and then rediscovered.
  • Examine Sir Arthur Evans' excavations at Knossos including a ‘tour’ through the palace.
  • Did Evans get it wrong?
  • Examine the similarities between Knossos and other Minoan palaces.
  • Examine Minoan religion, life, culture and economy.
  • Did the Minoans have a thalassocracy (an empire based on sea power)?
  • Examine the archaeological evidence from Akrotiri (a ‘Minoan’ city on the Greek island of Santorini).


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Appreciate the legends surrounding the Minoans and what archaeology can tell us about those legends
  2. Gain an understanding of the Minoan world of Arthur Evans and acknowledge more recent interpretations stemming from more recent discoveries
  3. Know the major archaeological sites that were home to the Minoans
  4. Question the evidence relating to Minoan religion, life, culture and economy