Saturday, June 16, 2012

Today we went to Knossos, the birth place of the legends of the Minotaur and Labyrinth. We learned about the ancient civilization of the Minoans and their powerful navy. They dominated trade routes and were feared by all. Surprisingly, the ruins show no evidence of barriers meaning that they were very secure in their homes. Trey actually were a peaceful people who were never challenged by others.  They were so strong that they stood for thousands of years and eventually fell to natural disasters. We then stood on the oldest road Europe and followed it to explore the neighborhood. 

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  1. It was a great opportunity to get to visit Knossos. It was fascinating seeing the way historians are preserving the site and still finding more information about these ancient civilizations. Throughout the palace they discovered two different languages. From the vases used to store food they discovered that their diet was very similar to today’s Cretan diet, also implying that the agriculture and weather here in Crete has been very similar throughout the past thousands of years. You could even see evidence of a past fire among the rooms from the oil that they had used to light the rooms. Being able to see these things first hand brought such greater connection to our past readings of Crete. I also thought it was very interesting that they did not have any evidence of barriers Mary!