Minoans 1

Minoans 1 - The Akkadians unified Mesopotamia, but people...

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The Akkadians unified Mesopotamia, but people still identified themselves with their city rather than their nation. We have a lot of Minoan artifacts but little knowledge about them. The Minoans wrote in Linear A script, which is not Greek but cannot be read. Linear A was syllabic – each sign stood for a syllable. Some areas of Crete used Cretan Heirglyphic script, which we can’t read either. At Phaistos in south-Central Crete, a clay disk with hieroglyphic impressions on it has been found. This is a third script which also cannot be read. Minoan palaces had very irregular ground plans. Minoan cities were very small in scale. In fact, most ancient Greek cities were between 5,000-10,000 people. Most Minoan cities were no bigger than 50 hectares. Knossos was no bigger than 15-20 hectares. The term palace is a misnomer…these large buildings were called palaces because the original excavators thought they looked like palaces. In fact, we are not so sure. In fact, they could have had palatial functions as the home of royalty or
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This note was uploaded on 03/22/2009 for the course CLAR 120 taught by Professor Haggis during the Fall '08 term at UNC.

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Minoans 1 - The Akkadians unified Mesopotamia, but people...

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