Michaela Mildorfová

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Minoans were pioneers in long-distance ocean travel. Much of their art has a maritime theme as the one pictured, a 16th c. BCE fresco found on the island of Santorini.

The Minoans were pioneers in long-distance ocean travel, as seen in this sixteenth-century BC wall mural from the Greek island of Santorini, which depicts Minoan ships.

MINOAN: Snake Goddess, from the palace at Knossos. c. 1600 BCE. Faience, appx. 13 1/2 " H. Archeological Museum, Herakleion.  Aside from images of bulls, the only obvious deity we have from ancient Crete is the so-called Snake Goddess, perhaps an Earth Goddess who is holding two snakes in her outstretched hands - she is shown with aflounced skirt, and open bodice (evidently standard among Minoan women), and a dove perched on her head which signifies her being divine.

Minoan Snake Goddess, from the island of Crete.The goddess is depicted with exposed breasts and wearing a rich garment. Her bared breasts suggest her capacity as fertility goddess, 1600 BCE.

Minoan Bull's Head Rhyton, ca. 1450 B.C. from the Little Palace of Knossos, Crete

Minoan Bull's Head Rhyton, ca. 1450 B. from the Little Palace of Knossos, Crete, Greece. The palace of Knossos was undoubtedly the ceremonial and political centre of the Minoan civilization and culture.