Tag Archive for architecture

Minoan Civilization Art and Architecture

Minoan art is characterized by an exquisite naturalness combined with a disconcerting formalism. The absence of perspective in painting gives a flat effect, yet the human figures, beasts, and plants are rendered in accurate detail. Plants or rocks tend to be treated as elements of a formal pattern. But animals are often shown in astonishingly…

The Minoans at Knossos

Knossos was the capital city of Minoan culture that centered on the island of Crete. The Minoan civilization at Knossos represented a cultural high point in the Mediterranean Sea. According to Greek mythology, it was the capital of King Minos and the home of the labyrinth. Many details about the Minoan culture in Knossos remain lost…

Minoan Civilization Social Structure

The existence of major palaces is evidence for states large enough to require administrative centers, but their number implies that government was largely decentralized. Evans regarded the size of Knossos as proof that its king exercised suzerainty over the whole island. This theory is reinforced by the marked similarity in plan and construction of all the…