"The Minoan civilization is by far the richest, yet strangest, of the Aegean world" (Aegean Art 99). Through an in-depth analysis of the Palace of Knossos it will be evident that it mirrors the Minoan culture and lifestyle. The function, style, techology, medium, and symbolism used throughout the Palace, illustrate the intelligent, spiritual, and mercantile people the Minoans were. Cottrell states "Yet from the start of the excavations the great mound began to reveal its secrets-not material treasure of gold and precious stones such as Schliemann found at Mycenae-but evidence of a mature, sophisticated art, a skill in engineering and an architecture of such splendour, subtlety and refinement as could only have been produced by a
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The ocean not only provided the Minoans with great trade but also great protection. In the remote age when sea power did not exist, Crete, isolated in the water, had been safe from invasion. Gradually Crete had built up naval power. "[Sir Arthur] Evans and his associates found evidence of the close ties between the lords of Knossos and the surrounding ocean. On walls and pillars, painted frescos and engraved seals, appeared the trident-emblem of sea power"(Cottrell 116). The Palace of Knossos itself, unlike the grim fortresses of Mycenae and Tiryns, was pratically unfortified. It need not need great thick walls of the citadel at Tiryns, the ocean was sufficient protection.
One of the most impressive parts of the Palace of Knossos is the Queen's Megaron. This room really repersents the Minoans love of nature and harmony. The room has walls with true frescos depicted with bright colours. One of the frescos depicts blue dolphins on an light blue background with colourful starfish and sea-urchins, realistically drawn but conforming to the overall pattern of the room. "Unlike the Egyptians and the blood-lusting Assyrians they seemed quite uninterested in recording triumphs, battles, treaties and conquests. Instead they painted delightful scences from nature, flowers and birds and trees, processions of noble youths and an even lovelier fresco of the Priest King discovered near the south-east entrance-scences of public ceremony, sport of ritual at which