[mi-noh-uh n, mahy-]
- of or relating to the ancient civilization of the island of Crete, dating from about 3000 to 1100 b.c.
- a native or inhabitant of ancient Crete.
Origin of Minoan
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One interesting case study is Sir Arthur Evans, the original excavator and “restorer” of the Minoan palace of Knossos on Crete.The Classics are Dead! Long Live the Classics! Mary Beard’s New Book
September 20, 2013
Its derivations from the Minoan and Mycenaean columns seems most improbable.The Legacy of Greece
To him is attributed the founding of the great Minoan civilization.
Its date is that of the close of the Minoan period, namely 1600 b.c.More Science From an Easy Chair
Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
The latest discoveries in Minoan graves in Crete exhibit tools of bronze.Homer and His Age
Gaza also had "her Minoan traditions and the cult of the Cretan Zeus."The World of Homer
- a Cretan belonging to the Minoan culture
C19: named after Minos, from the excavations at his supposed palace at Knossos
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Word Origin and History for minoan
1894, from Minos, famous king of Crete; applied by British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans to the civilization that flourished there c.3000-1400 B.C.E.
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