The Minoan Civilization: A Marvel of Prehistoric Aegean with Dimitra Pilarinou

The Minoan Civilization: A Marvel of Prehistoric Aegean with Dimitra Pilarinou


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Join in the conversation about one of the most unique cultures of the ancient world that flourished on Crete, regarded today as the first advanced culture on European soil: meet the Minoans.
Between 7000 and 1100 BCE, on the beautiful island of Crete in Greece, a magnificent prehistoric culture was produced: most people know it as ''Minoan" the term used for its pinnacle from 3200 BCE onwards. Exceptionally advanced with highly developed technologies, the sophisticated Minoans possessed an imaginative power and childlike freshness the Eastern Mediterranean world had never seen before.
We will look beyond the widely held view of the hippie culture of flower-loving peaceful Minoans by using archaeological finds: from the complex architecture of palaces, towns, and tombs to the first writing systems of Europe. We’ll assess Minoan arts and crafts, from the mind-blowing craftsmanship of frescoes, jewels, and figurines. We’ll discuss how the emerging picture is not one of a monolithic culture but of a highly organized, stratified society that had the ability to absorb elements of Bronze Age contemporaneous civilizations, like the Egyptians, and transform them according to their own personality, constantly evolving until their decline.
Led by Dimitra Pilarinou, an expert on Minoan Archaeology, this interactive seminar will present an overview of the Minoan world. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of the multifaceted aspects of the cradle of Europe's civilization.

Dimitra Pilarinou is a Greek archaeologist and Licensed Tour Guide with a Masters degree in Prehistoric Archaeology of the Aegean. She has worked in excavations all around Greece, has given speeches on various topics in Seminars and Congresses, and has appeared on documentaries about the Minoans on History Channel and Travel Channel.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 27 reviews
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J.T. (Fort Collins, US)
Minoan Civilization Class

Excellent class- very informative. This is an area of interest for me and I learned a great deal.
Thank you

A
A. (Walnut Creek, US)
Minoan Lecture

Outstanding speaker - knowledgeable and thorough. Photos of objects and places were enormously helpful in understanding the presentation and in grasping the history of this area.

J
J. (Pittsburgh, US)
Minoan Overview

This is my second seminar with Dimitra Pilarinou, the first being about the Mycenaeans. I find her to be incredibly knowledgeable. Her talks are packed with information, but her presentation style makes it easy to assimilate all the facts without feeling overwhelmed. I am looking forward to taking more of her offerings.

K
K.E. (Portland, US)
A complete overview of the Minoans

This was an excellent overview of the Minoans from beginning to end. Dimitra is obviously very knowledge and more importantly, enthusiastic about the accomplishments of the Minoans and I am so glad she shared it with us.

S
S.S. (Oxford, US)
Minoan civilization

Dimitra is an archeologist who is truly an expert and her knowledge is imparted with such enthusiasm that you want to learn more.

Customer Reviews

Based on 27 reviews
96%
(26)
4%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
J
J.T. (Fort Collins, US)
Minoan Civilization Class

Excellent class- very informative. This is an area of interest for me and I learned a great deal.
Thank you

A
A. (Walnut Creek, US)
Minoan Lecture

Outstanding speaker - knowledgeable and thorough. Photos of objects and places were enormously helpful in understanding the presentation and in grasping the history of this area.

J
J. (Pittsburgh, US)
Minoan Overview

This is my second seminar with Dimitra Pilarinou, the first being about the Mycenaeans. I find her to be incredibly knowledgeable. Her talks are packed with information, but her presentation style makes it easy to assimilate all the facts without feeling overwhelmed. I am looking forward to taking more of her offerings.

K
K.E. (Portland, US)
A complete overview of the Minoans

This was an excellent overview of the Minoans from beginning to end. Dimitra is obviously very knowledge and more importantly, enthusiastic about the accomplishments of the Minoans and I am so glad she shared it with us.

S
S.S. (Oxford, US)
Minoan civilization

Dimitra is an archeologist who is truly an expert and her knowledge is imparted with such enthusiasm that you want to learn more.