The Minoan people's life and their disappearance

The picture below, shows of how the Minoan's work together and doing their farming jobs.

What are the Minoan's like?

The Ancient Greece Civilization located in Crete, The Minoans, was a very interesting group. They were around the time when it was the Bronze Age, which is the 2nd human lifetime of the Stone Age, which materials such as weapons were created from bronze. Minoan's lifestyle was very simple, and they had beautiful art and statues. The kings in the Minoan's civilization were kind to all people, they shared their wealth in the forms of art, architecture, and surplus food. There was no certain war and dislikeness within the Minoans and Greece, they were actually peaceful and friendly to each other. The Minoan Civilization and Greece both traded with eachother, Sicily, Cyprus Egypt, and many other parts of the Middle East were also included trading with the Minoan. The Minoans regularly traded their made products such as wine and olive oils, and also traded timber, jewelry, pottery, and their weapons. Merchants imported lead, copper, obsidian, and ivory for more/ better trades. The Minoans had very unique clothing designs for people, men wore loincloths, single strapped piece of cloth around the hips covering the men's bottom, and women wore beautiful layered skirts and bodices, upper part of a dress, which exposes the women's whole chest area. They wore these types of outfits because of the hot, burning sun. They were very hard working people for their society, they worked to survive for their families, yet part of their work has to be given for tax so they can still live. But their wasn't any issue between their life to death. They were a very polytheistic group of people, they believed in gods, preformed sacrificed ritual dances, and offered sacrifices of animal to keep growing their economy being successful and to fulfill the gods. Yet since there isn't much knowledge of The Minoans, they were very notable with bulls. Researchers and historians think that the bull was a sacrificial animal and/or a game that is related, which men or women grab the horns of a bull and somersault on it's back. But no one will know for the truth. Which shows us their weird mysterious factor, since this group of people had an very fast and unknown incident (will discuss on next heading), it wiped out of what we know of the Minoans.

The picture below, shows some of the Minoan's paintings/ art of their culture

The Disappearance of the Minoans

Since we know the main parts of exactly what the Minoans are and their lifestyle, we need to discuss about their random disappearance. It was around 1450 B.C when the civilization crashed down. Based off from Ancient and other websites, the Minoans were demolished from the eruption of Thera yet not really in the same way. Which Thera is a ancient volcano that had an amazingly harsh eruption, that affected thousands of land and people. During the explosion, Professor Marinatos was first the guy that noticed that this was the eruption that caused the messed. He showed proof and elements that connected to become true to some people/ geologists. Which Marinatos clues were that the ashes of the volcano covered the whole island suffocating the animals and ruining the crops, and that the palaces and homes were destroyed from earthquakes during destruction.Yet some disagreed, and showed that the burning ashes from the explosion didn't affect or touched the island of Crete, and that the earthquakes might of happened but not 100% sure. Yet just until when it was around 1940 scientist had made a HUGE study that the ashes of the explosion happened around 1650 B.C which was around 100 - 150 years before the final damage of the Minoans. Which in result, we all have not figured out the 'real' reason of how the Minoans disappeared, yet all e do know is that tsunamis and earthquakes damaged the economy a bit, but no damage to wipe out an whole entire civilization. Which as we question, why did the Minoans never rebuilt back again? Well we currently don't know, but theories has told that the Mycenaeans invaded Crete around 1400 B.C. It first started that the Minoans fleet and ports were destroyed from 50 foot waves and, yet again, never was rebuilt. There was possibly climate change which affected crops, changed the economy, and social upheaval (sudden big change). Which the. The Mycenaeans concluded the problem and claimed the area where the Minoans used to be.

Picture below, is today's Volcano, Thera

Overall Summary/ "easier to understand" of what we haved talked about

Ancient Greece there's a island called Crete, in the island developed an civilization which were the Minoans. They were artistic, kind, hard working, unique, and creative. They traded a lot with their nearby cities/ areas, and had fair rules demanded from the kings. Which sadly predictably around 1450 the Minoans were all of a suddened...gone. Professor Marinatos, the first person to find clues and result with an answer, thought that the volcano, Thera, caused the animals to die, ruin the crops, and caused horrible natural disasters destroying the whole civilization. Which later on around 1940, new studies showed that the Minoans fleets and ports were demolished from 50 foot waves, climate change that ruined years of crops, and tsunamis and earthquakes that brutally damaged the Minoans. And also, the Myceananons invaded and claimed Crete around 1400 when the Minoans were long gone.


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