The most important Minoan contribution to later Greek development was likely the written Greek language. The Minoan Linear B form of writing is a primitive form of Greek. The Minoans also developed metalworking techniques, such as gold-inlaid bronze, that passed to the Greeks through the Mycenaeans.Know More
Because no written and decipherable historical records of Minoan interactions with the coastal Greeks or Mycenaeans were kept, it's difficult to identify precise influences between the cultures. However, it is known that the Mycenaeans conquered or displaced the Minoan empire by the 15th century B.C., borrowing or adapting much of Minoan culture as its own. In addition, the Mycenaeans developed for hundreds of years on the Minoan-dominated Peloponnesus, where they absorbed or copied many useful aspects of Minoan technology, such as building techniques and civic structures. Later, the Mycenaeans left this culture to the Greeks.
The Minoans, like the Egyptians, used columns to build strong but well-lit temples and palaces, and it is likely that the Greeks copied this technique for their own structures. Traditions of the Minoans, such as bull worship, were immortalized in Greek myth and literature as the tale of Theseus and the Minotaur, and the ultimate end of the Minoan civilization in floods and volcanic eruptions was likely the source for the legend of Atlantis recorded in Plato's writings.Learn more about Ancient Greece
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Alexander the Great's major contribution to history was the spread of Greek culture throughout the Middle East and Central Asia. His large territorial empire also encouraged trade between cultures that had previously had little contact, encouraging economic growth and the flow of ideas between Greece and North India.Full Answer >
Ancient Greek coins are most commonly referred to as drachmas. Around the eighth century B.C., the majority of the ancient Greek city-states began to move away from a barter system to the use of silver coins called drachmas. Drachma means "a handful."Full Answer >
Ancient Greek theatre grew out of festivals honoring the gods and goddesses. Around 700 BC, at the same time ancient Athens rose to political and military power, it became the cultural center of the festival of Dionsysis, god of wine and religious ecstasies. Out of the Dionysia developed three dramatic genres: tragedy in the late 6th century BC, comedy in 486 BC and the satyr play.Full Answer >
None of the original Greek masks have survived time to be studied, but records indicate that the masks were made from organic materials like stiffened linen, bark, wood or leaves. The masks that exist today are made of terracotta and were not worn by actors. The terracotta versions were put outside the theaters for decorations or were put on temples as offerings to the gods.Full Answer >