Professor Krzysztof Nowicki believes Minoan civilization to be different than generally thought


The collapse of the Minoan civilization was not the result of a massive volcanic eruption on the island of Santorini – believes Prof. Krzysztof Nowicki from the Institute of Archeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences – it followed gradually and it was initiated by terrible Greek invasion of the Crete.

The scholar, after 30 years of research, revised views on key moments in the history of Minoan civilization. He emphasizes that there was no cult of rulers. The distance between citizens and rulers was much smaller than in the countries of the ancient Near East.

– There was no obsession with honoring dead rulers, such as in Egypt – said Prof. Nowicki – in Crete they were rather guardians and priests, not warriors.

Minoan culture was one of the most powerful and original ancient civilizations; it developed from the second half 4 millennium BC until 1200 BC. It is distinguished by art and architecture, as well as advanced techniques of metalworking, stone and ceramics. (Kp)


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