Were ancient Minoans centuries ahead of their time?

“A geometrical figure commonly attributed to Archimedes in 300 BC has been identified in Minoan wall paintings dated to over 1,000 years earlier.”  http://www.nature.com/news/2006/060227/full/news060227-3.html.

Compare this to the Golden Ratio or Phi, an incredibly ancient and influential concept for beauty and design in nature and in human-made objects.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_ratio.  Yes, the Greeks were amazing.  But if we moved away from our Greco-Roman centrism and fascination we’d discover that some of the greatest ideas we thought were original to the Greeks or Romans were actually known in far more ancient societies (i.e., Persians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Sumerians, ancient Indians, Dravidian, Chinese, etc.).

 

About Taylor Halverson

I love learning. I love connecting. I love interdisciplinarity.
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