The Minoan Octopus Flask, An Excellent Example Of The Progress And Intelligence

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McCarty1 Meredith McCarty Ms. Webb, Ms. Rhett History, English 5-20-16 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, primarily Knossos. Archeologist Sir Arthur Evans began excavation work in Crete in 1900 and unearthed the remains of the ancient Minoan civilization, which included the palace of Knossos. The cause of the Minoan extinction is thought to be the result of a volcano, fire, earthquake, or an outside invasion. The Octopus Flask was one of the artifacts unearthed by Sir Arthur Evans’ excavation. The terracotta pottery flask represents the Minoan civilization’s advanced tools, skilled artisans, love and dependence of the sea, and their dependence on it for commerce and diet. The Minoan Octopus Flask is more complex than it may appear. The Flask reflects the Minoan civilization not only through the illustration of the octopus, but also from the style of artwork, the materials that were used to complete the Flask and how it was used. The Minoans utilized their natural resources by using cuttlefish ink for writing and drawing and using murex mucous as a component in their dye. The Octopus Flask w... ... middle of paper ... ... background, artistic style, and the culture of the Minoan civilization. Works Cited Web. 25 Apr. 2016.."Octopus Jar, Palaikastro (Crete), Greece, 1500 BCE." Art History the Art of History. N.p., 12 Dec. 201 "Minoan Art." Minoan Art. N.p., 4 Nov. 2013. Web. 25 May 2016. "Minoan Civilization." Ancient History Encyclopedia. N.p., 19 October 14. Web. 12 May 2016. "Greek Archaeology: The Neolithic and the Bronze Age." Greek Archaeology: The Neolithic and the Bronze Age. N.p., 24 Oct. 2010. Web. 27 Apr. 2016. The Octopus Motif in Ancient Greek Ceramics." Ferrebeekeeper. N.p., 6 Aug. 2014. Web. 28 Apr. 2016. Stokstad, Marilyn, and Michael W. Cothren. Art History. 5th ed. Boston: Pearson, 7 Dec. 2014. Print. "Ancient History Sourcebook: Reports of Minos and Knossos." Internet History Sourcebooks. Fordham University, 31 Jan. 2002. Web. 25 May 2016.

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