1. Explain the formal characteristics of Cycladic, Minoan, and Mycenaean
art and architecture
2. Classify the iconographic characteristics of Cycladic, Minoan, and
3. Explain the function of prehistoric Aegean art and architecture
4. Comprehend the relationship between lifestyle, geography, and the art
and architecture of the prehistoric Aegean cultures
5. Discuss the evidence of intercultural contact between the three Aegean
cultures, and between the Aegean cultures and ancient Near Eastern and
6. Identify and describe the materials and techniques used to create
prehistoric Aegean art and architecture
Cycladic people: 2500 BCE on islands in the Aegean
Minoan: 1500 BCE on the island of Crete
Mycenaean: 1200 BCE on mainland Greece
Disaster: Volcanic eruption and earthquake hits Crete in 1450 BC—abrupt decline
of Minoan societies.
Mycenaean civilization grew as Minoan failed.
Possible society/influence of the Iliad and the Odyssey.
Dorian Invasion: 1100 BCE ended Mycenaean civilization.
Dark ages until Greek civilization emerges in 800 BCE.
Linear A: hieroglyphic language that is un-translated.
Linear B: translated language related to Greek.