Knossos Palace is the legendary site of Theseus fighting the Minotaur, Ariadne and her ball of string, Daedalus the architect and doomed Icarus of the wax wings:Homer spoke of these Cretans in his Odyssey.The Aegean culture known as Minoan is the Bronze Age civilization that flourished on the island of Crete during 3000-2000 B.C. The city of Knossos was one of its main cities. Two written languages are associated with Minoan culture: Linear A and B .Construction of the palace at Knossos, according to legend the palace of King Minos, was begun perhaps as early as 2000 B.C., and by 1900 BC, a large single building with a central courtyard. Around 1700 BC, one theory goes, a tremendous earthquake shook the Aegean Sea, devastating Crete as well as the Mycenaean cities on the Greek mainland. Knossos' palace was destroyed; but the Minoan civilization rebuilt almost immediately on top of the ruins of the past, and indeed the culture reached its pinnacle only after the devastation.
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