September 7 - September 7, 2007 The Origins of Greek...

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September 7, 2007 The Origins of Greek Religion: The Minoans and Myceneans The Minoans: Pre-Greeks on Crete o Name from mythical King Minos of Crete o Main cities: Knossos and Phaistos o Rough timeline c7000 – earliest human habitation (Neolithic) c3500 – beginning of cities c3000 – Bronze Age technology c2500 – 1 st temples c2000 – monumental architecture (palaces) c1800 – Linear A used for administrative purposes 17 th century – destruction and rebuilding of palaces c1450 – destruction and rebuilding of palaces (shows resiliency) c1200-1100 – progressive destruction of Bronze Age sites on Crete Minoan Society o Social structure Hierarchal: priest/king, workers, slaves Gender roles More balanced Central goddess Women in art o Economy Ships – source of economical and political power Redistributive style through palaces Administration – scribes trained in Linear A Trade: Mediterranean network (Aegean, Egypt, Near East, etc.) o
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