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.
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