posted on Aug, 3 2012 @ 02:28 AM
reply to post by Phantom traveller
Crete is part of Greece.
Crete is an island in the Mediterranean. During the times we are discussing, it had a civilization that was completely different from (and more
advanced than) the Greeks'. That civilization was destroyed by a volcanic eruption in the fifteenth century BC. By historical times Crete had become
part of the pan-Hellenic world of warring city-states.
At the time of the Minoan civilazation, Greece wasn't one country (at least not how we mean it today).
Ancient Greece was composed of many city-states, each of which was independent, but Greece – the people and the country – shared a common identity
and language that went back to prehistory, to a time when they weren't even called Greeks. The inhabitants of Crete in historical (and even Homeric)
times shared this identity, but they were not Minoans. The Minoans were long gone by then.
They were never a part of pan-Hellenic culture. They did not speak Greek; we have yet to decipher their language, but we know it was different. They
worshipped different gods – mostly female deities, as far as we can tell from the remains we have found – whereas the Greek pantheon was as
patriarchal as Greek society itself. And that, too, is a difference between the Greeks and the Minoans: the Greeks kept their women at home and
treated them as chattels, while Minoan society seems to have awarded women far more status.
The Greeks – who, apart from archaeological remains, are our only source of knowledge about the Minoans – most certainly did not regard them as
Greek. Homer has a Cretan contingent take part in the attack on Troy in the Iliad
, but they are not Minoan.
Take a look at the Wikipedia
entry on Minoan civilization; it's very informative and
interesting, and it makes the difference between Greeks and Minoans very clear.
edit on 3/8/12 by Astyanax because: Homer nodded. A few times.