Ep. 012 – Minoan Thalassocracy

In today's episode, we'll take a look at the evidence from early Minoan history, beginning with pre-history and working up to the Neo-Palatial period. While the items we'll discuss are beautiful and tell us a lot about the artistic focus of Minoan culture, we'll also try to discern the line between fact and fiction when it comes to theories of a Minoan thalassocracy, or, the so-called Minoan 'empire of the sea.'

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Wreck of the Whale Ship Essex

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  • Barber, Robin L.N., Chapter 9, Cyclades, in The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean, (2012).
  • McGrail, Seán, Boats of the World: From the Stone Age to Medieval Times (2009).
  • The Tod Treasure, Louvre. [link]

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