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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  • 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).
  • Plato, Critias. [link]
  • Plato, Timaeus. [link]

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