Minoans and Mycenaeans – Books, Videos, and More

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The Minoan and Mycenaean civilization was arguably even more difficult to find enrichment materials than the Indus River Valley civilization. But a little digging led to some really awesome finds! I hope you enjoy them as much as we are.

Read Alouds

This was the only short, read aloud picture book I could find on the Minoan and Mycenaean cultures so I was ecstatic that it ended up being a great book. The timeline at the end of the book alone was worth the price. It lists major events on Crete within the framework of major events in the rest of the ancient world. It made an awesome addition to our studies. If you buy only one book on the Minoan and Mycenaean civilization, I would get this one.

CLICK HERE to Add “In Search of Knossos” to Your Amazon Wish List

There are plenty of books that retell Greek myths, but this one focuses on the most ancient myths, those that likely originated with the first settlements on the island of Crete.

CLICK HERE to Add “Island of the Minotaur” to Your Amazon Wish List

The most famous of the ancient Greek myths is that of Theseus and the Minotaur. I love this retelling. The pictures are gorgeous and I’m a sucker for a beautiful picture book.

CLICK HERE to Add “the Hero and the Minotaur” to Your Amazon Wish List

Independent Readers

I was thrilled to find a great historical fiction novel that correlates with our study of the Minoans and the Mycenaeans. “The Winged Girl of Knossos” is a Newberry Honor Book at around the 4th grade reading level. One reviewer said, “When push comes to shove, Katniss Everdeen has nothing on Inas, daughter of Daidalos.”

CLICK HERE to Add “The Winged Girl of Knossos” to Your Amazon Wish List

Do you have a comic book reader in your house? For my middle boy, graphic novels were the only way to go. Here is the classic Theseus myth in junior graphic novel form:

CLICK HERE to Add “Theseus and the Minotaur: Jr. Graphic Myths” to Your Amazon Wish List

Adult Reading

I think it is so important as a homeschool mom to make time for our own continuing education. There are so many books worth reading in this world, but it adds a special dimension to line up some of my reading choices with the things my kids are studying. This book not only does that, it is an amazing book in its own right. One of the 100 Notable Books on the NY Times Book Review, it tells the true story of “the quest to solve one of the most mesmerizing linguistic riddles in history.”

CLICK HERE to Add “The Riddle of the Labyrinth” to Your Amazon Wish List

Even better, if you don’t have time to read, “The Riddle of the Labyrinth” is available on Audible as an audio book.


CLICK HERE to Add “The Riddle of the Labyrinth” to Your Audible Wish List

If you aren’t an Audible member, you can receive 2 Audio Books for Free with a trial membership. Then, if you don’t want to continue, you can cancel and pay nothing:2-free-audible-audiobooks
CLICK HERE to Get 2 Free Audio Books from Audible

Videos

OK so I just found out about this amazing set of online courses called The Great Courses Signature Collection. I found it while I was looking for some videos for my kids to watch about the Minoan and Mycenaean Civilizations. I discovered that not only are there multiple options in the series that cover this (and every other ancient civilization) from several different perspectives, but there are also tons of other really awesome courses. There are photography courses, drawing courses, chemistry, physics, Spanish, French, history of Christian theology…you get the idea. Best of all, there is a 7-Day Free Trial for the Great Courses Signature program. So you can try them out and then cancel if you don’t like them. If you do like them, the cost to access the content for a year ends up being less than what you would pay for “normal” curriculum for a single subject.

If you sign up for an Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial, you can then sign up for a 7-Day Free Trial of The Great Courses Signature Collection. We are going to try it and then evaluate from there. It costs $7.99 per month after that, which I love because we could just pay during the school year and then cancel. I struggled to find any videos on the Minoan and Mycenaean culture, but there are several in the Great Courses series: “History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective – Mystery Cultures of Early Greece“, “Cities of the Ancient World – Mysterious Mohenjo-daro“, “Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul – Around Nafplio: Greek History at a Glance“, “Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul – Mycenae: Where Kings Planned the Trojan War“, and more.
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Free Resources

There are a couple websites for kids that have sections on the Minoan and Mycenaean cultures. The best of them (in my opinion) is Kids History:

CLICK HERE to Visit the Kids Past Site for Minoa and Mycenaea

CLICK HERE to Visit the Mr. Donn Site for Minoa and Mycenaea

CLICK HERE to Visit the Ducksters Site for Minoa and Mycenaea

Art Activity

I have mentioned before, that while I do receive a small commission if you choose to purchase a book from Amazon through a link on my blog (with no extra charge to you), I do not receive anything from TpT purchases…I simply recommend them for your information. This art activity says that it is for a classroom mural, but I found it to be a great addition to our homeschool study. I liked the low price tag ($1.50) and that it incorporates art rather than reading comprehension (which we already accomplish through our read alouds.)

CLICK HERE to Purchase the Minoan Art Activity from Teachers Pay Teachers

It took more time to gather the resources and supplemental materials for this portion of our ancient world studies than for several of the others combined. But I’m pleased with the results. Never-the-less, I hope that I will be able to provide more free resources for our next area of study. I was bummed that there were such limited supplements available for free for these civilizations. See you next time for the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World!

 

 

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