Ancient Greece for
The Minoans lived on
the island of Crete. They were a very advanced people. They were ruled
by a king, so they had a central government. They had a really strong
navy, being an island culture. They had beautiful art and statues.
They had running water for drinking and bathing. They even had toilets
that flushed! The Greeks never conquered the Minoans. But they knew
each other. The Greeks traded with the Minoans.
The Minoan capital city was
the city of Knossos. That's where the king lived. His palace was amazing.
It supposedly had 1500 rooms. But even the poor people on the island of
Crete had beautiful homes, decorated with drawings of the sea. Most had 4
The Minoans had a written language.
Scholars and archaeologists have discovered a great deal about their
daily life from the records they left behind. They also learned about
them from the pictures they found painted on the ruins of the walls of
believe that the ancient Minoans enjoyed a rather odd sporting event.
There are paintings of both boys and girls jumping over the horns of
snorting bulls. It would appear that this was a most popular
About 2,500 years
ago, much of the island was destroyed by an earthquake, but the
Minoans rebuilt! About 200 years later, much of the island was
destroyed by tidal waves, triggered by an erupting volcano. After the
volcano, there is no record of the Minoan civilization. Perhaps they
moved to some place. No one know.
ancient Greek storytellers had a lot of fun with stories about the
Minoans. One of our favorites is about the Minotaur, the horrible
beast, half man, half bull, who made his home at the heart of a maze
near the king's splendid (1500 room!) palace.