Assignment #8: History Beneath Myth

Considering that we have few written sources about the so-called Minoan Civilization, we are left to draw inferences from other bits of information. The stories of Minos, Daedalus, the Minotaur, and Theseus may hold some historical truths if we think deeply about what they are telling us about the people who produced them.

1] Please revisit the story I related to you in class. Now explain how the story may reveal three issues of historical reality of the Aegean from the period c.2000-1200 BCE.

2] Please revisit the story of Theseus. What personal characteristics does he embody? What does his story tell us about how the Athenians who considered him a hero? What values did they wish to uphold in their society?


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