Monday, January 21, 2013

Philosophy Wire: Minoan civilization, past, present…

minoan-maritime-scenePhilosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2013-01-21]: A new research suggests that the civilization made famous by the myth of the Minotaur was as warlike as their bull-headed mascot. The ancient people of Crete, also known as Minoan, were once thought to be a bunch of peaceniks. That view has become more complex in recent years, but now University of Sheffield archaeologist Barry Molloy says that war wasn't just a part of Minoan society — it was a defining part. [source: web news] It is true that many times we tend to idealize the past. We think of it as something peaceful and full of human happiness. But what is now the past, was someday the present. And the present is never ideal…

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