Myths of Crete & Pre-Hellenic Europe

  • 499 pages
  • English
Myths of Crete & Pre-Hellenic Europe

ዘ Download [ ರ Myths of Crete & Pre-Hellenic Europe ] ጲ PDF Author Donald A Mackenzie ፬ When I first saw learned of the existence of this book, I was a little suprised, since very little concrete information is available on this topic, and even less was known in 1917 However, to paraphrase a recent President of the United States, Myths of Crete depends on what your definition of of is.There is substantial mythology about Crete The Minoan civilization, which predated the better known classical Hellenic period by several hundred years, disappeared catastrophically, battered by volcanic eruptions and barbarian incursions Successive generations, starting with the classical Greeks, created a vast number of myths about the vanished sea empire The Homeric epics, Daedalus and Icarus, King Minos and the Minotaur, and even, as Mackenzie points out, Atlantis, were all influenced by hearsay and speculation about the lost Cretan empire.At the beginning of the 20th century archeologists finally started to excavate the Minoan ruins Based lagely on circumstantial evidence such as the vivid wall art and the startling Goddess iconography, popularizers like Mackenzie built an entire new set of myths about the ancient Cretans This mythology was eagerly adopted by neo pagans, starting with Robert Graves, who wrote a little known science fiction novel on the subject, Watch the Northwind Rise.What do we actually know about Minoan mythology as of today In a word, nothing The Minoans developed the first known European writing systems, known as Linear A and B Linear B was deciphered by Michael Ventris in 1952 Only commercial documents have been found, as befits a sea trading empire The other Minoan script, Linear A, remains a mystery Although the phonetic values of some Linear A symbols have been tenatively identified, they have yet to be translated So we have no translated Minoan religious documents to work with, although we can infer that certain Linear A texts are magical or religious in nature because they are inscribed on ritual objects.We can assume from the prevelence of female images in ritual contexts that the Minoans worshipped one or Goddesses We also know that animals played an important role in their rituals, particularly snakes and bulls However, any attempt at this point to make definite statements about their mythology or spiritual practices is inferential at best Nevertheless, Mackenzie, who also wrote Myths and Legends of Ancient Egypt, manages to stretch the subject matter out into a full 300 page book Informative, well researched and very readable, Myths of Crete is a unique book about a very opaque period of history J.B Hare Minoan Crete Timeless Myths The myth of Minoan civilisation on the island There are tales about Europa and Minos Myths Legends Myths from In this section you can find all we have gathered ones that know Your Stories sent in Crete Wikipedia Greek , Krti Ancient Kr t is largest most populous islands, th world Talos Talos s bronze 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