of, relating to, or denoting a Bronze Age
civilization centred on Crete (c.
3000–1050 bc), its people, or its language. This civilization had reached its zenith by the beginning of the late Bronze Age
; impressive remains reveal the existence of large urban centres dominated by palaces. It is also noted for its script (see Linear A
) and distinctive art and architecture, and greatly influenced the Mycenaeans, who succeeded the Minoans in control of the Aegean c.
It is named after the legendary king Minos
, to whom a palace excavated at Knossos was attributed.
Mi·no·an / məˈnōən; mī-/ •
adj. of, relating to, or denoting a Bronze Age civilization centered on Crete (c.3000–1050 bc), its people, or its language.•
n. 1. an inhabitant of Minoan Crete or member of the Minoan people.2. the language or scripts associated with the Minoans.
Ancient Aegean civilization
that flourished c.
1100 bc on the island of Crete, named after the legendary King Minos. The Minoan period divides into three eras: Early
2100 bc), Middle
1550 bc), and Late
1100 bc). In terms of artistic achievement, and perhaps power, Minoan civilization reached its height in the Late period. The prosperity of Bronze Age
Crete is evident from the works of art and palaces excavated at Knossos
, Phaistos, and other sites. Its empire was based on trade and seafaring.