From ABC-CLIO's History Hub website
Scholars of ancient history have long been fascinated by the Minoans, a civilization that flourished on the Mediterranean island of Crete during the Bronze Age. This collection of resources explores the customs and culture of ancient Minoan civilization, as well as the different theories that have been presented to explain its decline. Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.
Time Period Key Understandings
Geography impacts a civilization's ability to communicate and unify
Centralization allows for culture to flourish and disseminate
Oral history and tradition perpetuate cultural norms and religion
Societal celebrations and norms can glorify and support warfare
Political structure influences the economic stratification of a society
Democratic systems value the rights and opinions of citizens
Internal rivalry leads to competitive rather than collaborative systems
Art and architecture depict society's values and histories
Philosophy, or the love of wisdom, contributes to the betterment of society through academic research, reasoning, and discovery
Strong leadership leads to success of political and military campaigns
Cultural diffusion can lead to romanticism of past civilizations and culture
How did the geography of Crete influence the development of Minoan culture? In what way was Minoan civilization well-situated for participation in trade?
What kinds of clues about Minoan society can be found in the civilization's art and architecture?
Why is it significant that the Cretan hieroglyphic and Linear B writing systems remain undeciphered? What kinds of information about an ancient society can be found in writing and not necessarily in other sources?
Why do you think the cause of Minoan civilization's fall remains uncertain?