An Example Of Autobiography: The Minoan Octopus Flask

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Meredith McCarty
Ms. Webb, Ms. Rhett
History, English
The Minoan Octopus Flask
The Minoan Octopus Flask is an excellent example of the progress and intelligence of the Minoan Civilization and the ancient world as a whole. The Minoans provided the modern world with countless artifacts that provide insight into the customs of the ancient world. The Minoan Civilization began around 2000 BC, and flourished until 1450 BC. It was located on the island of Crete, which is now part of the Greek Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. The Minoans were most known for their impressive and sophisticated palaces,
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Around 1500 BC the quality of pottery had improved and the production had become immense. The pottery was influenced by the themes of the frescoes that were being made at the time. The style of the Octopus design was similar to the frescoes in the way that the entire surface was covered in the design. The Octopus design has led historians to believe that the Minoans might have worshiped sea creatures. Others believe that they looked to the octopus for inspiration for their greatest architectural creation, the labyrinth. The long stretching passageways might have been inspired by the tentacles of an…show more content…
“The art of the Minoans speak of a society of joyous disposition, in touch with their environment, and in awe of the logical order of the natural world. Above all, the unearthed artifacts reveal a people who had developed a high degree of self-respect and a keen eye for observing and adapting to their physical environment” (Minoan Art). The Octopus Flask represented technical and cultural improvements in the Minoan Civilization and illustrated the sophistication of its people. Overall, the Minoan Octopus Flask connected with the Minoan civilization in its historical background, artistic style, and the culture of the Minoan
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