There were also Artisans and artists, who were highly skilled Cretan workers. They ranged from faience workers and masons who cut stone blocks to a particularly skilled class of artisans who engraved stone seals. Seals had many different purposes. This piece of evidence relates well to occupation because this seal depicts a certain type of occupation; ceramics. Within Minoan society pottery was very important, large storage jars (pithoi) were made to house quantities of food. Food Great numbers of magazines were found in the west wing, as well as giant pithoi and royal pottery stores. The huge storage capacity suggests that the palaces controlled farmland in the surrounding areas. These storage areas also infer that surplus foods were produced around Knossos. The Minoan diet was full of variety, including; bread, vegetables, seafood, milk, wine and beer. They also enjoyed stews, which usually consisted of meat, vegetables and grapes. While bone evidence or drawings of chickens are not present in Minoan art an alternative line of evidence suggests their use as food. Pottery decoration also suggests cephalopods such as octopus and squid were eaten. Leisure The palaces were centres for celebration where an audience assembles in the courts to see live music and dancing. Leisure time was spent enjoying activities in theatrical Areas. These were places that housed public gatherings and religious activities. Theatrical Areas are distinguished by two sets of right angle steps where crowds sat. The fresco Dancing in the theatrical area shows men and women who form the audience. It is not known whether or not dramatisation was performed here. Alternatively, the scene could represent religious dancing. As a form of relaxation, some Minions enjoyed board games, rather than theatrical entertainment. Games resembling chess and backgammon have been identified at both Knossos and Phaistos. Bull leaping was held there; it was a ritual event done to honour the mother goddess. There would be three leapers, one male and two females (as depicted in the fresco). The male would throw himself over the top of the bulls horns, onto its mid-back. This was more a spectators’ sport, and seemed quite popular from its many representations in frescos, seals and bronze statues. Lifestyle The Minoans were a fun-loving culture, who enjoyed life and drank much wine. Their society was hierarchical, but class divisions were hard to identify. King, then came the middle class, who lived very comfortable lives. Their houses were filled with furniture, cooking utensils, heaters and lamps which were items of everyday living. The working class were labourers, farmers and herders they people were controlled by local rulers. There was also the slaver class, who strangely enjoyed many of the privileges of free people.
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