a reply to: BlueJacket
You are partially corect in that assumption.
The Phillistines were Mycenaen greeks that settled in the Levant after the they took over some Minoan trade routes after the eruption at Thera. The
Phonecians were indgenous Caananites that the Minoans traded extensively with, who also settled into the vacuum left by the loss of the Minoan
Both the phonecian alphabet and mycenaen LinearB
are based on Minoan Linear A.
And yes contrary to what even level headed people believe, they Minoans were who Platos Atlantis is based.
The physical evidence is overwhelming.
Strip away the literrary and artistic license from the story and set it against what we know to be true, from ancient sources and modern archeology,
the Minoans become the best fit to the tale.
Lets compare Plato to the real world
Plato, " An empire larger than all of asia minor"
In the next place, they had fountains, one of cold and another of
hot water, in gracious plenty flowing; and they were wonderfully
adapted for use by reason of the pleasantness and excellence of
their waters. They constructed buildings about them and planted
suitable trees, also they made cisterns, some open to the heavens,
others roofed over, to be used in winter as warm baths; there were the
kings' baths, and the baths of private persons, which were kept apart."
The houses at Akrotiri(Thera) have hot and cold water piped in from springs. They did build cisterns to catch the ample rains the now lost volcano
"Leaving the palace and passing out across the three you came to a
wall which began at the sea and went all round: this was everywhere
distant fifty stadia from the largest zone or harbour, and enclosed
the whole, the ends meeting at the mouth of the channel which led to
the sea. The entire area was densely crowded with habitations; and the
canal and the largest of the harbours were full of vessels and
merchants coming from all parts, who, from their numbers, kept up a
multitudinous sound of human voices, and din and clatter of all
sorts night and day.
And this fresco from Akrotiri
This fresco was buried under 60' of volcanic ash, whenPlato lived.
Pretty clearly a ringed island with piers and wharves all along the canal.
Plato has been so miss quoted, here is what he has to say about the Atlanteans, "All these and their
descendants for many generations were the inhabitants and rulers of diverse islands in the open sea; and also, as has been already said, they held
sway in our direction over the country within the Pillars as far as Egypt and Tyrrhenia"
Tyrrhenia, is Tuscany or Etruria, home of the Etruscans. The lingual and cultural links between the Etruscans and Minoans have recently been
re-enforced by aecheology.
The Minoans were important enough to the Egyptians that they allowed them their own port city, and they married into each others royal families.