By the year 2000 BC, a historically significant civilization had developed on the large Mediterranean
A brisk maritime trade paid for the development of this civilization. Minoans produced olive oil, wine, wool, grain, and wood in abundance. They traded these for products from
This prosperous trade by sea encouraged Minoans to excel in the construction of ships. At that time, ships typically sailed on rivers or clung to coastlines. Minoan shipbuilders knew how to make ships capable of sailing safely across the
Minoans enjoyed their golden age between 1700 and 1500 BC. During this time, they were organized into a large number of small manorial states. A manorial state is a government consisting of a ruler and his manor. His manor consists of his mansion and all the people and land around it which he controls.
During the Minoan golden age, the city of
Minoans loved sports. Then, as today, sports celebrated Vulcan as athletes developed the most efficient possible methods of training. The mansion at
According to tradition, Vulcan married Venus. In addition to celebrating their devotion to Vulcan through sports, Minoans also worshiped Venus. Arthur Evans, an English archaeologist, found a small statue of Venus in the mansion at
At its height, people in southern Greece and on the large island of
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