Thursday, February 3, 2011
Is This What Charlotte Had in Mind?
Mom: OK, kids, what comes to mind when we think of the Ancient Minoans?
Dude: Volcanoes and death!
Super: And all their boats got destroyed.
Mom: Can you remember the name of that volcano?
Dude: Yes! Oh, my gosh! I know it, I know it!
Mom: I'll give you a minute. What else comes to mind?
Super: They lived on an island, all surrounded by water. They had good weather, and they had plenty of food, so they had free time.
Mom: Were they a big military power in the region?
Dude: No, they were a, um, money power.
Mom: That would be an economic power, right?
Dude: Yeah. And there was a huge volcano on another island and it blew up a huge chunk of the island!
Super: And that's where we get the story of Atlantis.
Mom: What was the name of their famous king?
Super: King Minos!
Mom: And did the Minoans actually call themselves Minoans?
Dude: No, we don't know what they actually called themselves.
Mom: What else comes to mind?
Super: The Minotaur! And wealth. And they weren't good fighters.
Dude: (singing) We just wanna have fu-un!
Mom: Where did they live?
Mom: Right, but what kind of place did they live in?
Super: An island.
Mom: Right, but I mean, what kind of structures did they live in?
Super: Oh! You mean their big palaces? You were being kind of vague, Mom.
Mom: You're right, that was kind of vague. So...in those palaces, there are some very beautiful, very famous...
Dude: Beautiful pistachios!
Mom: What else were they good at?
Super: All kinds of art, metalworking, making money... They were rich but they weren't the world's best fighters.
Mom: Do you remember the name of the people who conquered them?
Super: The My... the My...
Dude: The Mayans! No, wait...
Mom: The Mycen...
Super and Dude: The Mycenaeans!
Mom: Where did the Mycenaeans come from?
Super: From the mainland of Greece.
Mom: Was ancient Crete a perfect place to live?
Dude: No! There were earthquakes, and volcanoes, and tidal waves!
Mom: Can you remember a really cool thing that young Minoans did? Something kind of dangerous?
Dude: Yeah, but Mom? Can we eat now?
Super: Yeah, Mom, why don't we talk about the Minoans over lunch?