Crete's vanished civilisation Part 1 - Conspiracy theories

From Crete came a legendary civilisation that worshipped the bull, built magnificent palaces and traded throughout the Mediterranean world. The disappearance of this advanced culture in the 15th century BC has never been satisfactorily explained. Until the early 20th century, the island of Crete did not receive much attention from archaeologists.

The ancient Greeks told many tales about this mountainous island in the southern Aegean.
For them, Crete was the homeland of a powerful seafaring people ruled by the legendary King Minos, who was born of a union between the father of the gods, Zeus, and the Phoenician princess Europa.
To kidnap her, Zeus transformed himself into a white bull and carried Europa far away to Crete.
According to legend, Minos was a great and just king who ruled over a good part of the Aegean islands and the Greek mainland.

Legend also tells of the Minotaur, a beast with the body of a man and the head of a bull, who roamed the coast and drove foreigners away.
It also tells of a labyrinth where Minos is said to have imprisoned the monster, and where seven boys and girls were sacrificed every nine years until Theseus killed it.

For centuries, these stories were thought to be pure fiction, and Crete was surrounded by a shroud of mystery and exoticism. But that has all changed thanks to British archaeologist Arthur Evans.
In the early 20th century, Evans was able to confirm the factual basis of the legend of King Minos at the temple excavations of the Palace of Minos at Knossos, suggesting that Crete had been the centre of an advanced civilisation for more than two thousand years before the birth of Christ. Evants named it the Minoan civilisation in honour of Minos. According to Evans, the Cretans were the world's first maritime power. Its cultural influence stretched from western Europe to Egypt and beyond. The Cretans were such a powerful trading and seafaring nation that they demanded tribute even from the still barbaric Greeks. Of course, beyond this we have no more precise information. A people who are supposed to have played an important role in history have left almost no records. The clay tablets discovered during various excavations tell us nothing, because the Minoan script, called Linear A, has not yet been deciphered. We can therefore only rely on the work of archaeologists.

 Today I have started a new series of posts. This is another thing I like to do in my life. I am very interested in mysteries and mysteries, but also in disappearances and murders. This new series of posts will be about just that. About conspiracy theories and other interesting things from the past. The source is not the internet, only the pictures are from the internet. In fact, I have 2 books at home that talk about such mysteries. So I am just going to extract it from them. 

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See you again in a few days.