The Rambling Writer Returns to Crete, part 11: Knossos and Archaeological Treasures

Join Thor and me for an introduction to the reconstructed Minoan site of Knossos, with some peeks at related treasures in the Iraklion Museum of Archaeology.

NOTE: Of course, Thor and I had to make another trip to Greece, as he’s fallen as much in love with the islands as I am. This time, in addition to other island-hopping, I wanted to return to Crete after 37 years. My first months-long trip was as a hippie backpacker, camping in the ruins and falling under the spell of the mysterious, vanished Minoan culture. This time, I got to introduce Thor to “glorious Kriti” and research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT. This new blog series started October 19, 2019, and will continue every Saturday.

After a quick trip to the archaeology museum after our arrival in Iraklion (they kicked us out at closing time), Thor and I had a better sense of context for our early-morning visit to ancient Knossos. Then we had time to return to the museum in the afternoon and really absorb the amazing contents arranged historically, the finest collection of Minoan artifacts in the world (naturally, here on Crete). In this overview, we’ll accordingly hop back and forth from site to museum artifacts. Upcoming blog posts will delve into more details, so hang on….

Like the mysterious and so-far-indecipherable Phaistos Disk, the history of the Minoans (or Keftiu) is tantalizingly speculative. Their Linear A script has not been translated, and there are few historical references except from later Greek historians/storytellers and myths. Most of what we know comes from excavations and interpretations of architecture, burial sites, frescoes, abundantly traded pottery, and other art. The general consensus is that they were a peaceful society that celebrated nature and successfully traded goods across the Aegean. Women were apparently equal with men (very unusual in any culture!), and especially honored as priestesses. The people built labyrinthine palace/city structures, but suffered from serial earthquakes and the catastrophic tidal wave from the eruption of Thira (Santorini), after which their influence waned.

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The Rambling Writer Returns to Crete, part 11: Knossos and Archaeological Treasures — 7 Comments

    • Kat, so glad you can come along on our virtual journeys! The more I delve into the tricky trail of the Keftiu/Minoans, the more fascinating I find them.

  1. Beautiful deep reddish earthen color on the pillars…make me think of the red rocks in Sedona…