Made with Xara Website by Susan Smily Minoan (3000-1300 B.C.) Notes by Dr. Honora M. Finkelstein  on Crete and Thera Peaceful, merchantile culture Women apparently equal to men Arts Friezes and frescoes decorating walls and halls Architecture Palaces and cities without fortification Probable development of earliest labyrinths Philosophy/Religion Emphasis on worship of the goddess, as well as of trees and stone pillars Crete was traditionally considered the birthplace of Zeus, but a form of that deity who had been born, lived, and died.