Sir Authur Evans made the discovery of the palace of Knossos and named the culture Minoan in association with the Legendary king Minos.
The palace of Knossos was a grand structure in its time as it was three or four stories, great paintings decorated the walls:
There were also pictures of men leaping bulls and the bull featured heavily in minoan artwork 9This could be where the legend of the minotaur comes
from) . Sanctuaries within the palace provided a place for the worship of a mother goddess, probably the one called Rhea by the Greeks.
Evans also found stone and metal artifacts. Some of his findings predated the earliest period of Minoan history, dating back to Neolithic times.
Originally Evans believed the artifacts were ten thousand years old, but later experts dated these stone artifacts to be five thousand years old. Many
bronze objects that were used daily in ancient Knossos were also found. Some bronze statues and figurines were discovered in conjunction with
The kings of Knossos attained their greatest power about 1600 BC, when they controlled the entire Aegean area and traded extensively with Egypt. The
destruction of Knossos coincided with the beginning of the Mycenaean civilization in Greece.
This would help to explain as to how Plato heard of Atlantis from the Egyptians.
One Key point about Knossos is that it had no deffensive outer walls which is very strange for a capital city. This hints that the Minoans had no
enemys to defend against and that Knossos was a centre of culture and learning.
I now get on to my point about linear A and linear B.
These were two different types of scripture that were found at Knossos written on about 3000 clay tablets and some pottery.
In 1952 the British architect and cryptographer Michael Ventris and John Chadwick deciphered Linear B and identified the language it transcribes as
an early Greek dialect.
Linear B tablets were found on Crete and also at Pylos and Mycenae on the Greek mainland; the majority of tablets are dated between 1400 BC and 1150
Linear A has still not been Deciphered.
On some examples of Linear B it spoke of ancient greek Legends, Zeus, Heracles and other ancient greek legends.
According to the Greeks, Mount Ida which is on Crete was the location where Rhea, the Earth Mother, gave birth to Zeus. He was fed by nature a diet of
honey and goat’s milk, was tended by a group of nymphs, and was guarded by an army of youths against his father, Cronis, whose reign was threatened
by Zeus’ existence. Zeus fathered a son, Minos, who became the King of Knossos, Crete, and the rest of Aegean.
This has led some to belive that Crete was in fact, classic Greece.
So what went wrong?
Evans belived that Knossos was destroyed by a massive siesmic event.
In the 15th century BC, the volcano of Santorin an island to the north of Crete, ex ploded with unprecedented violence, sending millions of tons of
volcanic ash into the atmosphere, giving rise to intense atmospheric shock waves, and generating disastrous tsunamis that would have smashed into
Knossos. Pumis stone has been found buried all over Crete and surrounding islands, possibly from this massive erruption.
Just thought I'd make this post as a contrast for the possibility of Crete being Atlantis. Any thoughts or does anyone have any other theories to
add? All welcome.
[edit on 9-12-2005 by asala]