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mɪˈnoʊ ən, maɪ-mi·noan

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  1. Minoanadjective

    a Cretan who lived in the bronze-age culture of Crete about 3000-1100 BC

  2. Minoanadjective

    of or relating to or characteristic of the Bronze Age culture of Crete

    "the Minoan palace at Knossos"


  1. Minoannoun

    A Cretan who belonged to the Minoan civilization.

  2. Minoanadjective

    Of or relating to the civilization that developed in Crete from the neolithic period to the Bronze Age (about 3000-1050 ).

  3. Minoanadjective

    Of or relating to the writing systems (Linear A and Linear B) used in Crete and later in mainland Greece.

  4. Minoanadjective

    Of or relating to the ancient language of the Minoans which died out by the beginning of the 1st millenium .

  5. Minoannoun

    the language written in Linear A


  1. Minoan

    The Minoan civilization was a Bronze Age Aegean civilization on the island of Crete and other Aegean Islands, whose earliest beginnings date to c. 3500 BC, with the complex urban civilization beginning around 2000 BC, and then declining from c. 1450 BC until it ended around 1100 BC, during the early Greek Dark Ages, part of a wider bronze age collapse around the Mediterranean. It represents the first advanced civilization in Europe, leaving behind a number of massive building complexes, sophisticated art, and writing systems. Its economy benefited from a network of trade around much of the Mediterranean. The civilization was rediscovered at the beginning of the 20th century through the work of British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans. The name "Minoan" derives from the mythical King Minos and was coined by Evans, who identified the site at Knossos with the labyrinth of the Minotaur. The Minoan civilization has been described as the earliest of its kind in Europe, and historian Will Durant called the Minoans "the first link in the European chain".The Minoans built large and elaborate palaces up to four stories high, featuring elaborate plumbing systems and decorated with frescoes. The largest Minoan palace is that of Knossos, followed by that of Phaistos. The function of the palaces, like most aspects of Minoan governance and religion, remains unclear. The Minoan period saw extensive trade by Crete with Aegean and Mediterranean settlements, particularly those in the Near East. Through traders and artists, Minoan cultural influence reached beyond Crete to the Cyclades, the Old Kingdom of Egypt, copper-bearing Cyprus, Canaan and the Levantine coast and Anatolia. Some of the best Minoan art was preserved in the city of Akrotiri on the island of Santorini; Akrotiri had been effectively destroyed by the Minoan eruption. The Minoans primarily wrote in the Linear A script and also in Cretan hieroglyphs, encoding a language hypothetically labelled Minoan. The reasons for the slow decline of the Minoan civilization, beginning around 1550 BC, are unclear; theories include Mycenaean invasions from mainland Greece and the major volcanic eruption of Santorini.


  1. minoan

    Minoan refers to the Bronze Age civilization that existed on the island of Crete from around 3000 to 1100 B.C. The term "Minoan" is derived from the mythical King Minos and was first used by British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans. This civilization is especially notable for its significant contributions to architecture, art, and language, with elaborate palaces, vibrant frescoes, and the still undeciphered Linear A script among its many accomplishments.

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  1. amnion

  2. nomina

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of minoan in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of minoan in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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