The Minotaur's Island

Overview

The ominously-named historical documentary Minotaur's Island travels inside of the titular locale of Crete - not merely the home of the mythical "half-man, half-bull" legend involving Icarus and Daedalus, but on a historical level, the site of the oldest known European civilization - that of the Minoans. Here, historian Bettany Hughes journeys to Crete, following the example set by Harriet Boyd, Arthur Evans and other archaeologists of prior generations. The primary thrust of her trip involves attempting to ...
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Overview

The ominously-named historical documentary Minotaur's Island travels inside of the titular locale of Crete - not merely the home of the mythical "half-man, half-bull" legend involving Icarus and Daedalus, but on a historical level, the site of the oldest known European civilization - that of the Minoans. Here, historian Bettany Hughes journeys to Crete, following the example set by Harriet Boyd, Arthur Evans and other archaeologists of prior generations. The primary thrust of her trip involves attempting to uncover key insights into Minoan civilization, such as clues about how the Cretans lived, worshipped, ate, worked, and entertained one another. Various subtopics covered here include the elaborate archaeology of the Minoan people, the role of "bull-leapers" in Cretan society, and indications of what finally brought that world toppling down.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/2008
  • UPC: 054961812998
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Acorn Media
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 50,635

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bettany Hughes Host/Historian
Technical Credits
Melanie Archer Director, Producer
Tim Kirby Director
Richard Bradley Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Minotaur's Island
1. Building a Myth [8:21]
2. Digging Up the Past [5:11]
3. The Throne of Minos [6:35]
4. The Central Court Mystery [7:50]
5. The Complexities of Crete [10:17]
6. Crisis in Crete [10:28]
1. A Seagoing People [10:25]
2. The Power of Purple [3:48]
3. Cross-Pollinating Cultures [3:02]
4. Earthquake Country [6:38]
5. Gods and Goddesses [5:20]
6. Catastrophe Strikes [10:33]
7. The Last Minoans [9:00]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Minotaur's Island
   Play All
   Episode Selection
      Into the Labryinth
      A Troubled Island
      Play All
   Scene Index
      Into the Labyrinth
      A Troubled Island
   Bettany Hughes Biography
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