Minoans: Public Peace & Ritual Violence

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The Minoans, a prosperous, peaceful island people in the Mediterranean region, influenced the Greeks, as seen in the Greek Minotaur and Theseus myth. Minoan art suggests a peaceful life without war, with violence sublimated in their bull-worship rituals. Females seem to have been more influential here than anywhere else in the Ancient World. Yet recent archaeological discoveries suggest that secret sacrifices, led by women, were part of their religious rituals.

Aligns with McDougal Littell’s World History: Patterns of Interaction: People & Ideas on the Move. 

Use this video to support ELA Grade 6 Module 1 where students get involved in a deep study of mythology, its purposes, and elements.

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