Ep. 013 – Akrotiri, Atlantis, and the Thera Eruption

Today's episode will focus on three main topics, all related to the Minoan Civilization in the Aegean. First, we'll talk in detail about the exquisite Fleet Fresco found in the West House at Akrotiri. Then we'll consider the volcanic eruption that buried Akrotiri, destroyed much of Thera, and effected large swaths of the Bronze Age Aegean. We’ll finish up by looking at the arguments of those who claim that the Minoan Civilization was Plato's basis for Atlantis when he discussed Atlantis in Timaeus and Critias. Hop aboard for this fact filled episode about the Bronze Age Minoans!

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  • Edwin Swift Balch, Atlantis or Minoan Crete, Geographical Review, Vol. 3, No. 5 (May, 1917), pp. 388-392.
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  • Lincoln Paine, The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World (2013).
  • Peter Warren, The Miniature Fresco from the West House at Akrotiri, Thera, and Its Aegean Setting, The Journal of Hellenic Studies, Vol. 99 (1979), pp. 115-129.
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  • Plato, Timaeus. [link]
  • 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).
  • Thomas  F. Strasser, Location and Perspective in the Theran Flotilla Fresco, Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology, Vol. 23.1 (2010), pp. 3-26.
  • Walter L. Friedrich, The minoan eruption of santorini around 1613 B.c. and its consequencesTagung en des Landesmuseums für Vorges chichte Halle, Vol. 9 (2013), pp. 37-48.

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