The Minoan civilization arose on the island of Crete and other Aegean islands and flourished from approximately 3650 to 1400 BCE. The term “Minoan” refers to the mythic King Minos. The Minoan language and writing system (Linear A) remain undeciphered and a matter of academic dispute (phaistos disc is the most popular writting part left). Minos and his daughter Ariadne were associated in Greek Myth with the labyrinth and the Minotaur. The poet Homer recorded a tradition that Crete once had 90 cities. shows the following symbols of the Minoan civilization:
The Phaistos Disc: This is the oldest written artifact in the history of Europe. To date it has not been deciphered but it is thought to be a prayer to the pregnant mother.
The “Tauros” or Bull is a Minoan symbol of the god Zeus and to the myth “The Rape of Europa”. Zeus, disguised in the form of a bull, abducted Europa to Crete where she would give birth to Minos, King of Crete. “Europe” derives its name from this myth.
Leaf of the evergreen plane tree: The myth goes that Zeus revealed his true identify to Europa under a “plane tree” in Gortyn, after having disguised himself as a bull. They made love for three days of which the three kings of Crete were born, Minos and his brothers. The plane tree miraculously kept its leaves throughout the seasons. Today, a thousand-year-old plane tree continues to be evergreen and exists on the archeological site in Gortys. It was believed that the plane tree of Gortys possessed the magical ability to produce sons for those who picked its leaves.
Sphinxes: Minoan jewelry.
The thread is inspired by the myth: Ariadne and Theseus.
Anything depicted in Minoan category is actually representation of an art that originally created thousands of years BC.