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How did the Minoan civilization disappear?
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  1. Before the appearance of ancient Greece in the area of the Aegean Sea in the ninth century B.C., two advanced societies existed there - the Minoans and the Achaeans. The Minoan civilization was centered on Crete, living mostly in its capital city of Knossos. From excavations there and on the island of Thera, archeologists have pieced together what is known about the Minoans. Much of Crete and Thera were destroyed in an earthquake in about 1600 B.C. The Minoan society vanished completely around 1400 B.C., ostensibly the victim of an Achaean invasion from the Greek peninsula, where the Achaeans later developed the Mycenaean civilization.

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