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Arts and Contemporary Studies
ACS 103
Ron Babin

Ancient Greece September 18 , 2012 th KREETANS  The culture of creets politically its part of Greece a poorer part in classical period was a backwater  Nothing was known about there culture until 20 century  Mentioned a guy named minos who kept monster called minitor  He exacted a tribute of 50 young men and women who were to fight or to be eaten by the initior  A young man named thesus volunterred to go when he went to the underground tunel took a ball of string when he got to the minitiro somehow killed the minitor and got free  Basically all we know about them  Brit guy said lets go dig in KNOSSOSS found the civilization very advanced and wealthy realized lasted for a good amount of time  Discovered in the kreets writing hieroglyphic a and b and linear a and b  Archealogists in the end were able to determine number of periods they called it in minoah number of periods were identified  Through a period of 700 years they appeared to be a very powerful and wealthy civilixation  Probably a society who worshiped dietys  Two types of relgions agrucultirally based ex. Goddess of crops the later gods ae sky gods ex. Zeus mars Jupiter etc and they seem to come in with indo European  Were influenced by concept of the stars and skies above us and is sky gods who basically went out in the end  Importantly as well kreetans seemed to be great sailors at least were active as sialers and traders throughout the eastern medditerreian  As far as greeks were concerned as kong as kreetan was a predecessor doesn’t have great infkuence but no continuity between krettean civ and classical civilization MYCENANENA  Around 1876 sleeman started digging at a site called myceninc at the time just a small town  Started to find trememndous amount of material from advanced civ  Clearly very different from krettan and clasicall greek civ  The earliest occupants of these sites were not greek speakers came in around 1850 bc in large groups  Also suggested earliest distraction was also from invasion of the nirth greek spekers or not  Themyceniean cukture demonstrates number of technologies that did nto appeasr to be in earlier cultures in the area  Most importsnly the horse that was used for carrying wagons  Important potters wheel only begins in this area with the emergence of tehse greek speakers  And also very chareteristic bulidng called tge megaron large one room hall in which chief and follwers and associated families lived like a longhouse this one room you don’t find in the settle sites of the early  Linear a and b were found in large numbers in the mycenas just like in the kreetans  Has been transaketed and has been said to be a ealier form of greek  Organized as warriors advantage was they had a swrd which was better than swords of there enemies  Had better or more durable swords then predecessors  Tended to be warriors who fought individually and very successful  Wealth came as much frim plunder as from preoductivity agriculturally etc reasin we suspect one no indication of any siphosticated agricuktural and two we do have mentions of what appear to be mycenians in records of thetiets and Egyptians referring to ppl called ahhi
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