Two major civilizations dominated Bronze Age Greece:
1) Minoan Civilization: based on Crete and named after the legendary King Minos, lawgiver and master of the Aegean. The image of the Minoans that is gained from the remains available is of a relatively peaceful culture, attuned to nature, and for centuries the dominant power in the Aegean.
2) Mycenean Civilization: a mainland Greece culture which learned much from the Minoans and eventually overtook them, claiming trade routes that would lead to competition with Troy. Mycenaean exploits there would inspire the Homeric epics.
BRONZE AGE MAP
A QUICK TOUR OF MINOS'S PALACE AT KNOSSOS
Plan of Knossos
A QUICK TOUR OF AGAMEMNON'S CITADEL AT MYCENAE
Plan of Mycenae
BRONZE AGE SOURCES
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