Minoan Civilization

In 1900 AD, the English archaeologist Arthur Evans unearthed the largest palatial structure at Knossos on the Mediterranean island of Crete. The structure was ancient and labyrinthine in nature, and it was marked with taurine imagery and had what seemed to be a throne room. As with any educated Englishman at the time, he was familiar with the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. The “palace” of Knossos that he had located reminded him of King Minos’ labyrinth, and thus he named the civilization he had come upon the “Minoan” civilization.