The Minoans did not write anything down.
Historians haven't yet been able to translate Minoan text.
Their art tells historians how the Minoans lived. Their writing only tells historians what they thought.
Their art is all they left behind when they abandoned the island.
Men and women were about equal in their society.
Their chief god was female.
They built the first indoor shopping centers.
Their is no record of slavery.
Even common homes had 6 or 8 rooms and were built from stone.
They conquered others using superior military technology.
Short, nasty, and brutish.
Simple, lazy, lost, and cheep.
Nature loving, creative, and happy.
Wealthy, peaceful, and traders.
Is in the middle of Mediterranean trading routes.
Already had large herds of cows.
The landscape was good for painting.
Land supported agriculture.
From the legendary King Minos.
From the name of their capital city.
From the palace at Knossos.
From the legendary Minotaur.
With 1500 rooms and passageways, it seemed like a labyrinth.
It had an underground bull ring.
Its artwork tells us much about Minoan daily life.
It covered 6 football fields.
Watermelon seed spitting.
Worship of a snake goddess.
Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
Drought and flooding.
The Mycenaeans and poorly made pottery.
Invaders from the Greek mainland.