Minoan Disappearance

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Prosper to Perish

The Minoan civilization was one of prosperity and influence, until its sudden disappearance from the civilized world. Most civilizations go through a pattern of chaos, adjustment and finally balance. The Minoans, however, had balance, and then chaos hit and the adjustment ended up being their finite disappearance. In the Golden Age of Athens in the 5th century, the Minoans were the stuff of legend, remaining so until the discovery of the ruins of Knossos in the 1900’s by British Archaeologist Arthur Evans. The cause of the collapse of the Minoans had to be something of huge catastrophic proportions; nothing else could cause the entirety of a civilization to disappear within 50 years, Excavation of Knossos tells a lot about the Minoan way of life. These people had running water, hot and cold, beautiful art, and a design of the palace that indicates a very high standard of living (Cunningham, 36). These people were a huge center of trade, women were financially independent, could file for divorce, and were given the financial authority over the family business (Detrick, Minoan). Even in terms of a civilized and successful peoples today, the Minoans
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The fall of the Roman Democracy, the Persian invasion of Greece and the harsh conditions the Mesopotamians survived through. Yet all of those cultures continued to survive for a long time before dying out. The Minoans died out so quickly because of not only a catastrophic event; but also that event destroying their land, rendering them unable to farm and completely destroying their faith in their gods and leaders. The physical and psychological damage combined are what kept the Minoans from bouncing back. They Mycenaeans saw an opening in the Minoans, and they took advantage of the failing civilization. The Mycenaeans conquered the Minoans, and rather quickly the Minoan way of live disappeared into Mycenaean

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