The following is a fascinating post on the ongoing series of the Minoans by Luciana Cavallaro from her website Eternal Atlantis. I was amazed to learn of the Minoan’s architectural advancement to rival modern times, including pipes to bring in water and to dispose of sewage. Also of interest is the mythology of Theseus and the Minotaur that arose during this time.
The Palace of Knossos would have to be one of the most amazing ancient sites I was fortunate to see. Built around 2000 BCE, and the largest of structures on Crete, it was the main power and pivotal centre of Minoan culture. The first palaces (Knossos, Mallia, Phaistos, Hagia Triada and Zakro) were destroyed by an earthquake circa 1730 BCE and rebuilt around 1650 BCE. The palaces withstood a series of earthquakes, and it wasn’t until the cataclysmic volcanic eruption at Thera and subsequent invasion of the Mycenaeans, that saw the demise of these extraordinary people and culture.
The following is a reblog from ETERNAL ATLANTIS on the continuing series of the Ancient Minoan Society. This post is entitled, “Symbols of Minoan Culture,” that was posted on FEBRUARY 26, 2016 / CAV12
There were a number of significant symbols the Minoans used in their rituals and way of life. These symbols were not unique to the Minoans, but have been cross-culturally as representative of the Mother or Earth Goddess.
There were a number of distinctive symbols the Minoans cultivated that had significant importance in their rituals and way of life. These distinguishing elements were not unique to the Minoans, which distinguished historians have identified were more cross-cultural, much like the representation of the Mother or Earth Goddess. The origins and similar features are evident (see article by J. Alexander MacGillivray) yet the purpose of the Minoan symbols evolved according to their needs and religious tenets. The main icons were the labrys, the bull horns, bees, and snakes.