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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  • Brian Fagan, Beyond the Blue Horizon (2012).
  • Chester G. Starr, The Myth of the Minoan Thalassocracy, Historia: Zeitschrift für Alte Geschichte, Bd. 3, H. 3, pp. 282-291(1955).
  • Eti Bonn-Muller, First Minoan Shipwreck, Archaeology, Vol. 63 (Jan./Feb. 2010). [link]
  • Fernand Braudel, Myth and the Mediterranean (1998).
  • Homer, The Odyssey.
  • Lincoln Paine, The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World (2013).
  • Robin L.N. Barber, Chapter 12, Cyclades, in The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean, (2012).
  • Seán McGrail, Boats of the World: From the Stone Age to Medieval Times (2009).
  • Sterling Dow, The Minoan Thalassocracy, Massachusetts Historical Society, Vol. 79, pp. 3–32 (1967).
  • The Tod Treasure, Louvre. [link]
  • Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War.
  • Vronwy Hankey, A Middle Minoan Cup from the Kharji Cemetery, Beirut, Nat'l Museum News (Spring 1996). [link]
  • Wolf-Dietrich Niemeier, When Minos ruled the waves: Knossian power overseas, British School at Athens Studies, Vol. 12, KNOSSOS: PALACE, CITY, STATE, pp. 393–398 (2004).

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