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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

005 - Minoan Crete

In this episode, we discuss the myths and archaeological evidence for the Minoans on the island of Crete, who were an early source of cultural inspiration for the Mycenaean Greeks; the volcanic eruption that blew apart the island of Thera in the mid-17th century BC and was a catalyst for the decline of the Minoan civilization; and the ultimate subordination of the Minoans by the Mycenaean Greeks in the 15th and 14th centuries BC

ca. 2000-1700 BC - Proto-Palatial or "Old Palace" Period
ca. 1900 BC - Cretan Hieroglyphics developed
ca. 1800 BC - Linear A developed 
ca. 1700 BC - great earthquake destroyed the palaces at Knossos, Phaistos, Mallia, and Zakros
ca. 1700-1600 BC - Neo-Palatial or "New Palace" Period 
ca. 1650 BC - volcanic eruption on island of Thera
ca. 1450 BC - Phaistos, Mallia, and Zakros were sacked and burned by the Mycenaean Greeks
ca. 1450 BC - Linear B developed
ca. 1350 BC - Knossos was sacked and burned by the Mycenaean Greeks, marking the end of the Minoans

File:Map Minoan Crete-en.svg

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