Geographical Location Of The Aegean World

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Geographical location:
The Aegean world is composed of three distinctive regions, all located at the Eastern edge of the Mediterranean: the island of Crete, the mainland of Greece, and the islands between the mainland and the coast of Anatolia. There are signs of earthquake damage at many Minoan sites and clear signs of both uplifting of the land and submersion of coastal sites due to tectonic processes all along the coasts. The Mycenaean citadel on Mainland Greece stands high above the Aegean Sea, surrounded by walls of stone so large they are called Cyclopean, as if only the mythic giant Cyclops could have moved them into place.

The Minoans seem to have worshipped primarily goddesses, and their culture has been described as being based on a matriarchal religion. It was not dominated by fertility any more than any religion of the past or present has been, and it addressed gender identity, rites of passage, and death. It is reasonable to assume that both the organization and the rituals, even the mythology, resembled the religions of Near Eastern palatial civilizations.Although there is some evidence of male gods, depictions of Minoan goddesses vastly outnumber depictions of anything that could be considered a Minoan god. While some of these depictions of women may be images of worshippers and priestesses officiating at religious ceremonies, as opposed to deities, several goddesses appear to be portrayed.

The people of the mainland, the Mycenaeans,…
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