Chapter 2 reading: historical background of greek mythology. ** joining literary with archeological to get a story important ** During wwii, red army captured the museum and sent findings back to russia (some people say berlin curator asked russian curator to put items in russia) Archaeologist that discovered the bronze age civilization that existed on the island of crete. In 1899, he began his excavations at cnossus (the center of power for the legendary king minos), and that is why the period of the bronze age in crete is designated as minoan . Paleolithic (old stone age) before 70,000 b. c: greece was inhabited at this time, but our knowledge remains flimsy. * the flowering of minoan civilization and the dominance of cnossus. Named after the legendary king minos, minoan civilization reached its peak during the late. The large partial complexes (especially cnossus) that have been discovered reveal a sophisticated and wealthy civilization.