|Crete Island 地理位置|
最重要的考點是這個島上的Minoan Palaces （米諾斯文明的宮殿）,
Knossos (22,000 m2), Phaistos (18,000 m2), Malia (7,500 m2) and Zakros (8,500 m2 ).
|Palace of Knossos|
The Minoan palaces were autonomous and independent from each other, but they appear to have followed a common policy dictated by the central, larger and more sumptuous palace of Knossos.
In addition to their use as the residence of the royal family and other elites, the priesthood (with the king himself as archpriest) and officials, the palaces did not close their doors to the citizens. They may have had special sacred areas (throne rooms) where the king and his officials deliberated on matters of policy or justice, but the palaces also contained the major sanctuaries to which all the people had access.
n the palaces were held most of the religious ceremonies, the various processions and the famous bull-leaping events, which were open to all. The palaces also housed the workshops where luxury goods such as decorated pottery, seals, figurines of precious stones, etc. were produced for export.
The production and distribution of farming goods, on the other hand, did not take place inside the palaces but at the rural farmhouses or Minoan villas scattered across the Cretan countryside. Obviously the inevitable mess accompanying animal husbandry was not acceptable within or near the palaces. It is also far more practical to make cheese on the spot where milk is produced. However, the production and distribution of goods at farmhouses and villas was controlled by the palaces. This means that the political, administrative and economic system of Minoan Crete was under the centralised control of the Minoan palaces.
考古學家Arthan Evans曾經想探討一本Greek literature 有關 story of the labyrinth 的真實性，
於是去了該本小說背景的Crete Island, 的確發現了一個相似的maze, 雖然大小及複雜程度遠不及小說裡的labyrinth, 但似乎是以它為雛形所建照的。
以下連結是Palace of Knossos的 3D virtual tour, 可以帶你觀看整個宮殿:
類似的3D virtual tour還有有關另外一個常考考點：＊位在法國的 Lascaux Cave Art
相關機經重點可以參考Online Test: Lascaux Cave Paintings 及 TPO4 Cave Art in Europe!