HIST 10 World Civ
Lect. # 5

Sorting Fact from Fiction: The Ancient World

IDs
Atlantis
Bull Dancing
Linear A
Linear B
Minoans


I. Minoan Bull-Leaper
         * Minos the Bull Myth
         * Arthur Evans
         * Myth as history? History as Myth?

II. The "Lost City" of Atlantis & the Mediterranean
         A. The Legend of Atlantis (Atlantology)
                1.Atlantis 'utopia'
                            • splendid palaces
                            • blue canals
                            • crystal towers
                            • cataclysmic end

                2. Plato (429 - 347 BCE)
                3. Recent "discoveries"
                            • Irish Atlantis
                           
                            • American Popular Culture 

III. Minoan Civilization (2000-1500 BCE)
        A. Ancient Crete
               1. Neolithic Crete and the Aegean
               2. Maritime power
        B. Minoan Culture
               1. Palace Complexes:
                            • Knossus (Cnossus), Malia, Phaistos
                2. Religion
                           • Bull Dancing/Bull Jumping [Image]
                3. Minoan Writing
                            •  Linear A (Recent advances)
        C. Collapse of Minoan Civilization
                           • Thera (Santorini) [map
                           • Tsunami

IV. Mycenaean  (1600-1100 BCE)

       A. Mycenaean Culture [map]
             1.  Migration
                   - Anatolia
                   - Mycenae
              2.  Similiarities and Differences with Minoan Civ
                    • Centralized and bureaucratic  
                    • Mycenaean Writing  (Linear B)
                    • militaristic

       B. Overseas Commerce of Minoans and Mycenaeans
               1. Aegean Vessels
               2. Cultural diaspora
               3. Mediterranean Middlemen

          V. Conclusions
                   A. Myth and history
                   B. Symbiotic? Benign? Malignant?