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What is the significance of the following culture of terms? Linear A, Linear B,...

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nyarkon | Honors

Posted June 25, 2013 at 2:50 AM via web

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What is the significance of the following culture of terms? Linear A, Linear B, Knossos, Daedalus, Dark Age, Polis, Minoans, Trojan War, Radio-carbon Dating, Honor culture, monarchy, oligarchy and judgement of Paris.

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 27, 2013 at 1:24 AM (Answer #1)

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All of these elements are related in certain ways. In light of this, let me mention a few significant points from a historical point of view. 

First, when we deal with Linear A and B, Knossos, Daedalus, we are in the realm of Minoan culture. The significance is that we have an advanced society in the Western world. The fact that they have writing, lists of inventory, and a great city shows how advanced they were.

Second, when we deal with the Trojan war, the judgment of Paris, the dark ages, and the other elements, we are in the realm of Homer. This is the bridge between Minoan culture and the polis. This age is shrouded in mystery, as the poem of Homer are hard to interpret from a historical point of view. 

Based on these points, we see the burgeoning of Greek culture. We know this a classical Greece. From this perspective, we can say that the Greeks shaped the Western world in so many different areas - politics (democracy itself), science, history, technology, law, and so much more. Therefore, the above list show the beginnings of the Greek world. 

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