Describe the similarities between the Minoans and Mycenaeans

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How similar were the Mycenaeans and the Minoans?

The Minoans and Mycenaeans thrived in different times in Ancient history however they actually had quite a lot of similarities which I will explain below.

The Mycenaeans and the Minoans both reigned and traded in and around the Aegean Sea. Although they thrived in different parts of Greece, the Aegean Sea was both of their trading roots. Following this point about sailing, thy both spent some time sailing in the water, with sailing being there strongest a most popular sport at the time. Map/Still

If you look at their pottery you can see that they are not too different in terms of design. They both believed in one goddess and they had the same palace layout. In fact both the Minoans and the Mycenaeans were interested in building palaces. However one main difference in their art was the fact that the Mycenaeans focused more on weapons and military rather than the Minoans which painted in very bright, vivid colours. In fact, most Mycenaean art is painted whilst they were hunting whereas the Minoans didn’t fight often and preferred to use art to show how beautiful their towns were.
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Another thing that they have in common were their languages. The language of the Mycenaeans and the late Minoans were the same – Linear B, although older Minoan society was spoken in Linear A. This shows that they had a lot of contact with each-other.

They both also lived in the Bronze Age and had the same weapons and tools available although the Mycenaeans used them a lot more than the Minoans.

Looking at their art, we also know that they both worshipped the same ‘Snake Goddess’ and although their depictions of ...

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