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Rhymes with 'Art'

The ancestors were practical people.

When linguists discovered that, by comparing words from daughter languages, they could reconstruct a vocabulary for a language from some 6000 years ago, predating the invention of writing, they were ecstatic.

In our understanding of the past, archaeological artifacts will take us only so far. To really understand how a culture thinks, we need to know what it says.

To the scholarly world's everlasting disappointment, what we can reconstruct of the Proto-Indo-European language really tells us very little about the ancestors' society, culture, or religion.

What we do know is that they had two words for, shall we say, “breaking wind.”

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Posted by on in Paths Blogs
A Bit of a Rant: The Minoans weren't Greek!

One of the biggest misconceptions about the Minoans, the people who lived on the Mediterranean island of Crete during the Bronze Age, is that they were Greek. They weren't. Let's look at where this misunderstanding comes from and find out who the Minoans really were.

First of all, it's a good idea to distinguish between modern national boundaries and ancient cultures. The island of Crete has been a part of the modern nation of Greece for about a century, so most school history texts lump the two together simply because it's easier to divide the world up based on the modern map we're familiar with. And because of the great antiquity and popularity of Crete's history, the modern nation of Greece is more than happy to include it in their PR, including such spectacular events as the opening ceremony to the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

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  • Agnes Toews-Andrews
    Agnes Toews-Andrews says #
    Here is a little info . . .As far as Aphrodite is concerned, she was born in Mesopotamia. She did not come into existence in Crete
  • Thesseli
    Thesseli says #
    Calling the Minoans 'Greek' is kind of like calling Native Americans 'European settlers'.
  • Aryós Héngwis
    Aryós Héngwis says #
    It's not quite the same thing. For one thing, modern Greek genetics are hardly uniform and show quite a bit of influence from Afri
  • Thesseli
    Thesseli says #
    Wow, way to overthink a humorous observation...
  • Laura Perry
    Laura Perry says #
    Exactly!

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