Minoan Crete – The First Civilization 2000-1100BC

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Europe’s first civilization arose in Crete and the Aegean islands during the Bronze Age. It is called Minoan after its legendary King Minos. According to the Athenian historian Thucydides, Minos was the first to rule the seas and islands. Thucydides was long thought to be just repeating myths about the king of Cnossus, who reputedly exacted tribune from Athens: 14

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