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The Minoans Essay

841 words - 4 pages

According to most scholars, Greek history really truly began on a small island called Crete, just off the mainland of Greece. Somewhere between 3650 BC and 3000 BC a highly sophisticated civilization called the Minoans sprang up. (Wikipedia) Known mainly for their palaces, the Minoans left mountains of records that have yet to be deciphered.
This highly unique civilization left no record of being a military state. However, the evidence does point to a society based on trade and bureaucracy, in fact, some historians believe that the Minoans ran the single most efficient bureaucracy in history. (Hooker) Although the prime of this civilization lasted for only about one thousand years, ...view middle of the document...

Around 1425 another earthquake happened leveling every single palaces except for the royal one at Knossos. However, the people of Crete once again built up their palaces engaging in the third and final palace period called the Postpalatial period. This period lasted from 1425 BC until around 1200 BC when Minoan history ended as they were conquered by the Myceneans. Thus that chapter of history was closed. (Hooker and Wikipedia)
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The Minoans were almost equally similar to the general narratives of both Egypt and Mesopotamia. Their similarity to the Egyptians begins with their economy. The Egyptians were more peaceful than their eastern neighbors and their economy depended on their trading through peaceful transactions. The Minoans, although dependent on their trading abilities, were not solely dependent on them. This is where the similarity to the Egyptians ends and the similarity to the Mesopotamians begins. The Mesopotamians were able to rely on their agriculture, as were the Minoans. The Mesopotamians also had a similar style of government to the Minoans. A single king, a monarchy, ruled both. Finally, both the Minoans and the Mesopotamians emphasized loyalty to the state, and only to the state. The Egyptians, on the other hand, emphasized loyalty to the state through loyalty to the city/town.
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