Minoan society

The social structure of the Minoans and evidence of, largely remained unexplored until later historians and archaeologists started to ask questions. Sir Arthur Evans didn’t delve into the functionality of Minoan society and left “gaps” in the historicity of the people. He did however provide enough fodder to satisfy the burgeoning interest at the time. His main attribution of information stemmed from the organisation of the Knossos Palace and those that were later discovered.

Sir Arthur Evans By Unknown - [1], CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33366535

Sir Arthur Evans
By Unknown – [1], CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33366535

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Where did the Minoans come from?

The Minoans came from somewhere, the question was where? In 2013, examination of the DNA of skeletal remains answered the puzzling enigma that surrounded the origins of the Minoans. Prior to this discovery, Sir Arthur Evans, opined the Minoans had to have come from Egypt and who were exiled from their homeland.

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Entertainment over historical accuracy

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Photo credit: Twentieth Century Fox

Photo credit: Twentieth Century Fox

I watched the movie back in December 2014 when it was released here in Australia. I wanted to see it not for its historical content but for its visual depiction of Ancient Egypt. We are fortunate to live during a time where computer technology and continued archaeological discoveries can be used together to re-create these periods. As a writer of historical fiction/fantasy, I am very grateful for the advancements.

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Digging My Way into Ancient History

Four years ago I was in a newsagency, fossicking through the myriad of magazines when one caught my attention and so I picked it up. I flicked through the pages and was hooked. The magazine titled: Archaeological Diggings, is an Australian publication on ancient history and archaeology. The stories covered include the latest discoveries and recent digs throughout the Middle East and the world in general.

The Oval Forum in Jerash and the Cardo Maximus Photo by Azurfrog Wikipedia

The Oval Forum in Jerash and the Cardo Maximus
Photo by Azurfrog
Wikipedia

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Helen – Did The Ancient Historians Get It Right or Were They Wrong?

Helen of Troy, her name has endured the test of time and to this day, people are still fascinated. Why? Is it her famous family lineage or the mystery which surrounds the myth? For me it was Homer’s story The Iliad that catapulted my fascination and desire to know more. Helen is a mystery. There is no hard evidence to suggest she existed, yet Bettany Hughes wrote a book Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore. So if a renowned historian can find enough primary and secondary sources to ‘pen’ a book, there must be some truth in the myth. Right?

Menelaus intends to strike Helen; struck by her beauty, he drops his swords. A flying Eros and Aphrodite (on the left) watch the scene.  by Menelaus Painter Louvre Museum

Menelaus intends to strike Helen; struck by her beauty, he drops his swords. A flying Eros and Aphrodite (on the left) watch the scene.
by Menelaus Painter ca. 450-440 BC
Louvre Museum

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