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Minoans were traders, and their cultural contacts reached far beyond the island of Crete — to Egypt's Old Kingdom, to copper-bearing Cyprus, Canaan, and the Levantine coasts beyond, and to Anatolia. In late 2009, Minoan-style frescoes and other Minoan-style artifacts were discovered during excavations of the Canaanite palace at Tel Kabri, Israel, leading archaeologists to conclude that the Minoan influence was the strongest foreign influence on that Caananite city state.

Minoans were traders, & their cultural contacts reached far beyond Crete…

The Prince of the Lilies or the Lily prince, is a celebrated ancient Minoan fresco on the Greek island of Crete dated to circa 1550 BC (the new palace period between 1700 and 1450 BC).

In the Odyssey, composed centuries after the destruction of the Minoan civilization, Homer calls the natives of Crete Eteocretans ("true Cretans"); these may have been descendants of the Minoans.

The Trojan characters from the Iliad - art by José Daniel Cabrera Peña & Rocío Espín Piñar

The Trojan characters from the Iliad - art by José Daniel Cabrera Peña

La Dea Atena (atana potinija micenea) -  Una insolita versione della dea Atena, più spesso conosciuta attraverso la sua immagine classica, armata di tutto punto nella sua veste "primordiale" micenea.

- Human sacrifice of Anemospilia sanctuary (Photoshop Paper "Urban and Extra-Urban Cult Buildings in the Aegean World" from Conference of Wien.

Minoan cult

Minoans of Crete ~ "Sacrifice of bulls, animal symbol of the king. Another emblem of power was the double ax (the background), call labris. From this term derives the word 'labyrinth': The Palace of axes"