Building on recent developments in the study of warfare in prehistoric societies, Molloy's research reveals that war was in fact a defining characteristic of the Minoan
society, and that warrior identity was one of the dominant expressions of male identity.
Various explanations have been proposed for the collapse--a tsunami generated by the Theran eruption destroying the Minoan
fleet, an invasion by Mycenaean mainlanders, or internal socio-political turmoil and unrest (Rehak & Younger 2001).
Just as Linear A, the most ancient script and language of the Minoans
, has never been deciphered (Linear B was deciphered in 1952), one wonders if Saupe's signs can ever really be understood.
Named after Minos, the mythical king of Crete, the Minoan
people were part of a prosperous culture known for its successful sea trade, intricate palaces and fine art.
The book also translates a portion of the Minoan
Linear A documents and identifies the similarities in Minoan
speech and writing and those of Africa.
For example, the Minoans
kept cattle and have red-toned skin like the Fulani herdsman.
and Mycenaeans were the chief civilisations of Bronze Age Greece, spanning the period from around 3000 BC to 1100 BC, when these cultures suffered a cataclysmic collapse.
Archaeologists have found so many styles of pottery among the ruins on Crete that they know Minoans
traded with people from other Mediterranean cultures.
Inclusion of the Bronze Age Aegean world would have been significant in the analysis of long-distance trading practices, yet discussion is minimal and some information misleading, such the anachronistic reference to sheep-rearing in the Minoan
A longer cruise goes to the spectacular island of Santorini, whose crescent shape is all that is left of a great volcano which blew its top 3,000 years ago, probably wiping out the Minoans
Based on the work of leading experts, this drama immerses viewers in the exotic world of the Minoans
His current paper showed the clear debt of Minoans
to the Phoenician people who preceded them, supported by evidence drawn from over 30 sources.