Nanno Marinatos is today the leading expert on Minoan Religion and Ritual. She is the daughter of Spyridon Marinatos the archaeologist who discovered ancient "Thera" also know as Atlantis. Nano Marinatos participated in many excavations in Thera as well as ancient "Avaris".
The golden age of the Minoan civilization lasted from around 1700 BCE to around 1400 BCE was also called the Neopalatial period due to the building, destroying, and rebuilding of palaces, chief among them the Knossos Palace.
This culture thrived on trade, and its influence extended over the eastern Mediterranean, usually through peaceful means.
The Minoan civilization created its own writing modes, first using what is known as Linear A and then later Linear B, used to record things like business transactions. These were discovered by the archaeologist Arthur John Evans.
Legacy and influence
Due to the extent of the Minoan civilization, it influenced the myths and histories of Greece in general. The Minotaur, 'bull of Minos', and the inhabitant of Daidalos' Labyrinth, lived on in Greek retellings into modern age.