5. The Middle to Early Late Bronze Age on Crete

The Minoan Civilization

  1. John Bintliff

Published Online: 13 JUN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118255179.ch5

The Complete Archaeology of Greece: From Hunter-Gatherers to the 20th Century AD

The Complete Archaeology of Greece: From Hunter-Gatherers to the 20th Century AD

How to Cite

Bintliff, J. (2012) The Middle to Early Late Bronze Age on Crete, in The Complete Archaeology of Greece: From Hunter-Gatherers to the 20th Century AD, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118255179.ch5

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 JUN 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405154185

Online ISBN: 9781118255179

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Keywords:

  • Middle to Early Late Bronze Age on Crete, the Minoan civilization;
  • Minoan, social and economic development of Crete;
  • Minoan Palace civilization;
  • central courts, and the Palatial Complexes;
  • Knossos, control over Central and Western Crete;
  • rise of Minoan civilization, advanced cultures of the Near East;
  • Aegean civilizations, and small “world empires”;
  • Aegina, part of the Minoan cultural sphere, a local elite;
  • catastrophe destroying Second Palaces in LM1, controversial;
  • Minoan civilization, an exception amongst ancient civilizations

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Landscape Archaeology and Population, and the Rural Economy

  • Palace Design

  • Relations Between “Palatial Centers”: Toward a More Historical and Regional Perspective

  • The Minoans Abroad

  • The End of the New Palaces

  • Writing and Administration

  • Pottery Styles

  • Other Products

  • Burial Archaeology

  • Minoan Religion: Plazas, Temples, Peak Sanctuaries, and Sacred Caves

  • Strengths and Weaknesses of the New Model for Minoan “Court-Complex” Society

  • Aspects of Symbolic Culture

  • The Minoan Civilization: An Annaliste Perspective

  • A Personal View

  • References