posted on Nov, 8 2003 @ 03:17 AM
The Cretes (Since the labryinth of Knossos has been mentioned) were a widespread, seafaring trading culture (Since they *were* pretty much confined to
small islands, they developed sea-travel early), even during the time of early Egypt & while the Greeks were still barbarians...The isle of Crete was
the first known culture to have such eleborate mention of the labryinth. So it's pretty much an established fact that the Cretans *were* in direct
contact with many other early civilizations!
However, there's not much *real* archeological evidence of what their culture was really like...For instance, they didn't develop Writing as early
as Mesopotamia & Egypt did. They're not really sure if the labryinth was *meant* to be a labryinth or if it was merely the way the under-ground
portions of the palace were *built* to be used for a different purpose (Than to confine the King's son, cursed into the form of the minotaur).
...The Cretes were also the first to actually have indoor plumbing with running water...Nothing like it again until about a hundred years ago...
[Edited on 8-11-2003 by MidnightDStroyer]