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The World's Greatest Civilizations: The History and Culture of the Minoans (Illustrated) [Kindle Edition]

Charles River Editors

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*Includes 30 pictures of Minoan art, ruins, and more.
*Explains the links between Minoan culture and religion with the Ancient Greeks.
*Details how the Minoans looked and dressed, and what a day in the life of a Minoan may have been like.
*Explains the collapse of Minoan society, and whether it formed the basis for the myth of Atlantis

Nearly 2,500 years after the Golden Age of Athens, people across the world today continue to be fascinated by the Ancient Greeks. But who did the Ancient Greeks look up to? The answer to that question can be found in Homer’s The Odyssey, in which Odysseus makes note of “a great town there, Cnossus, where Minos reigned.” It was perhaps the earliest reference to the Minoan civilization, a mysterious ancient civilization that historians and archaeologists still puzzle over, but a civilization that renowned historian Will Durant described as "the first link in the European chain.”

Nearly 2,000 years before Homer wrote his epic poems, the Minoan civilization was centered on the island of Crete, a location that required the Minoans to be a regional sea power. And indeed they were, stretching across the Aegean Sea from about 2700-1500 B.C. with trade routes extending all the way to Egypt.

The Minoans may have been the first link in the “European chain”, leading to the Ancient Greeks and beyond, but questions persist over the origins of the civilization, the end of the civilization, and substantial parts of their history inbetween, including their religion and buildings.

The World’s Greatest Civilizations: The History and Culture of the Minoans shines a light on this Bronze Age civilization, providing a comprehensive overview of the reign of the Minoans and their lasting influence on European art, culture, trade, and more. Along with a description of Minoan life and pictures of Minoan ruins and art, you will learn about the civilization some have dubbed the first Europeans.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2429 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007VGIMU6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #431,532 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I Want My Money Back!!! June 27 2014
By Vimala Nowlis - Published on
This is NOT a "book". It's a pamphlet. One that you can pick up for free at a museum exhibit of Minoan artifacts. It gives you a brief background on the history of excavations and some description of the archeological sites. That's it.

Minoan culture? It devoted all but 2 pages to it and most of it says we know very little about the Minoans and not sure of anything.

Illustrated? You've got to be kidding! Very few pictures all in black and white does not an illustrated book make! The pamphlet I could have picked up for free from museum exhibits of Minoan artifacts would have been fully colored too.

$4.09 for this? I've been robbed! I Want My Money Back!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit disappointing Sept. 24 2013
By Michael L. Myers - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Although I found it interesting it was a bit shorter than expected and had few pictures or illustrations recommend as a starting point but not for a detailed study
4.0 out of 5 stars The Minoans June 20 2014
By Merissa (Archaeolibrarian) - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a handy little book with a brief description of how the civilisation worked and how their lives might have been. It doesn't go into any great detail but is perfect for those that are interested but don't want a vast tomb of history to discover if they do actually want to look into it any further. This brilliant 42 page book is enough to arouse your interest and leaves you then with the option of more research or not.

It was clear and concise, with dates and archaeological locations. Very well put together and very interesting. For this price, you get a lot for your money.
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent read. Feb. 3 2014
By Mark - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is only an overview of the Minoan culture, not very deep but still good enough for the price. I liked it. This would be good for a high school book report.
2.0 out of 5 stars I read it through, cover to cover, in ... Nov. 9 2014
By tall robert - Published on
I read it through,cover to cover, in the elevator ride from the lobby to the apartment. Sorry.

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