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Sample Essay The Minoan (ca. 2500 1375 BCE) and the Mycenaean (ca. 1600 1200 BCE) civilizations both flourished in the Mediterranean during the late Bronze Age. Characteristics such as heavy trading and influences from Egypt and Mesopotamia connect these two cultures. However, in nearly all other regards the two societies vary more than they align. In particular, their stances on war/conflict and their forms of government and social stratification differed. The Minoan civilization developed on the island of Crete. The term “Minoan” comes from Greek myth concerning a legendary Cretian king, Minos, who supposedly ruled a sea empire. Whether or not the ledged is factual, the Minoans were thalossacracy. What they appeared not to be, however, was militaristic. No palaces or towns in Crete were fortified, and the ruler/ his party was not emphasized as in many ancient militaristic cultures. Also, the island’s somewhat isolated position mode security threats less of a concern, especially given the Minoan’s vast fleet and control of the seas. The Mycenaeans, on
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  • Fall '11
  • klepper
  • Minoan civilization, Mycenaeans, typical Mycenaean fashion., Essay  The Minoan, ancient militaristic cultures., powerful warrior civilization

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