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why were they known as pre greeks?
Because they established an advanced society almost 1500 years before the greeks.
why were they named the Minoans?
They were named after legendary stories about King Minos, the king of the time.
What are the crossroads that Crete lies at?
It lies at the crossroads of 3 continents...Europe, Asia and Africa.
Where did the Minoan civilization develop?
On the island of Crete between the Mediterranean Sea and Aegean Sea.
Give an example of the movement theme of geography.
There have been Minoan goods found in Egypt and Egyptian goods found on Crete.
What were the physical characteristics of the Minoan people?
they were short, small, and had thin waists and bronze skin, and dark hair.
How did the Minoan men dress?
Men wore loincloths, long robes, trousers that were bagged at the knees.
How did the Minoan women dress?
They wore full skirts, short sleeve jackets that were laced or open in the front, belts and jewlery.
What were Minoan women able to do?
They were able to ride chariots, go hunting, and watch sporting events.
How did the manoan man fight a bull?
They would tumble over the bull's horns and do a back flip into a female partners arm.
What was the religious meaning of bull leaping?
the bull symbolizes the underworld and death, and the athlete symbolizes mother earth and life.
What was significant about the many cities that Minoans built?
They were all different than most ancient civilizations.
How did the Minoans decorate the inside walls of the Palace?
With brightly colored frescoes which is why we know so much about their culture.
What did the Minoan artwork resemble?
Egyptian style artwork, as it gave a profile view with a full eye shown.
What happened at Mount Juktas?
Priests and kings climbed it and looked for signs from heaven to know what to do.
What are the three philosophies as to why they came to an end?
Mythological Fall Theory, Geological or Natural Fall Theory and the Historical Fall Theory.
What is the Mythological Fall Theory?
That once the minotaur was killed, Cretan poser also died , but this is probably not true.
What is the Natural or Geological Fall Theory?
The natural theory says that a volcanic eruption on Island of Thera in 1645 BC caused an earthquake, tidal waves, and volcanic ash that crippled ancient cities, ruined crops, caused famine and political unrest.
What is the Historical Fall Theory?
The Historical Fall Theory says that Mycenaeans from Southern Greece conquered Crete and took control of peaceful Minoans.
What have they found on Crete to substantiate the Historical Fall Theory?
They have found war helmets on Crete.
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